September 29, 2010
Oh Yeah, Totally Inert
Posted by scott at September 29, 2010 06:40 AM
A box of "inert military-grade land mines" nearly managed to get itself on a passenger flight. An El Al passenger flight, no less. Thing is, if they really were inert, why did the explosives detector go off at all? Something's definitely fishy, or perhaps explode-y, about this one.
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Could be that the detector looks for specific shapes or densities of materials and that's what triggered it. Could also be that if they're manufactured in the same area they still have some chemical residues that'd be picked up by the detectors - or that they've got some sort of flash-bang component that goes off (for training purposes).
Who knows. Kind of cool that the detector actually worked.
Could be inert because they did not have fuses. Claymores frex have blasting caps that must be inserted before use. Explosives need more than a little tap to go off.
Per TFA, no explosives in the mines.
Though it'd be funny if the crate had a "FRONT TOWARD ENEMY" stenciled on it.