Growing Danger of Aging WWII Bombs as Unexploded Ordnance


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(The Telegraph) The text discusses the increasing danger of aging bombs, particularly focusing on Amatol, a World War 2-era explosive, which retains or even intensifies its potency over time. The study reveals that unlike TNT, Amatol can become more explosive as it ages, posing significant risks to bomb disposal experts and construction workers who may encounter unexploded ordnance. David Welch, a senior explosives officer, emphasizes the perpetual threat posed by such explosives, highlighting the ongoing challenges in bomb disposal, especially in regions like the UK with significant WWII bombing history.

Despite efforts to mitigate risks, including changing disposal techniques and raising awareness, the hazardous nature of unexploded munitions persists, necessitating meticulous handling and caution. The article underscores the interdisciplinary nature of bomb disposal and its critical role in safeguarding lives amidst the lingering dangers of past conflicts.

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Published: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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