Don’t do this.
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At least he was using hearing and eye protection.
Too bad he wasn’t using his brain.
[…] Finally, it may occur to people that actual terrorists might try to use this stuff. It has certainly occurred to both ATF and FBI explosives investigators (the FBI has usurped a lot of ATF’s former bomb authority in recent years). If you are a retailer, you should probably have the attached joint Tannerite/FBI developed advisory (right) hanging up where your clerks can see it. Hat tip, Herschel Smith at The Captain’s Quarters. […]
Story says he was 50 feet from the explosive rigged target. That wasn’t even 10% of far enough. I worked on building a fire tower road up near Burnsville, North Carolina in the mid-1970s. That work included running a jack hammer to drill holes in rock, then assisting to rig explosives in the holes, wiring them up, then seeking shelter far away. Even then, the rocks fell all over the place, big ones the size of softballs and a few the size of a basketball. Once, about three holes didn’t fire with the rest, so we rewired them, took shelter behind a large bulldozer, and fired them off. They fired this time, and the rocks flew out at every angle. Including a large one that flew out almost parallel to the ground. It hit an oak tree limb about 5-6 inches in diameter and snapped that limb like I’d snap a twig.
I have had a healthy respect for explosives since that time.