Re: Bombs in the workplace?

Subject: Re: Bombs in the workplace?
From: Tuples -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 11:22:22 EDT


In a message dated 8/8/02 7:30:02 AM Mountain Standard Time,
Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA writes:

> Were they completely bereft of anything resembling sanity? What drugs were
> they using that gave them the impression that garden-variety security staff
> were capable of safely removing a bomb? I concede that the Hollywood image
> of bombs ("hair trigger devices impossible to remove safely") is somewhat
> exaggerated, but still... The reason why large police forces have bomb
> disposal _experts_ is because this isn't a sport for amateurs.

As an aside, I feel that someone in my family is destined to be blown up.
Remember the
Mark Hoffman Mormon document forgeries? My dad had an office in the Judge
Building here in Utah.
Part of his normal routine was to visit a friend on the floor the bomb was
found. He would move
packages to his office and hold them so they would not be taken.

He missed that particular package for some reason. A short time later, the
bomb exploded.
It was funny that Hoffman came under suspicion after parts and bits were
found in his car.
Same stuff my dad had in his car. Wire, tape, pipes and switches. Glad his
prints were not on the package.

Several years previous, we decided to clean out Grandma's garage. He was an
amateur
chemist in his youth and he did quite a bit of assay work. Much of what he
used was
now quite dangerous due to decomposition. Mom called the Haz-Mat
people who were shocked at what they found. One item was potassium chlorate.
Almost
a full pound and dirty. This adds to the problems, as did the phosphorus and
lots of
stuff we could not ID. They freaked and cleared the block. All three TV News
Departments
were there as were several newspapers.

These days, I don't even mix drinks.

Bob

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