GUN Bomb squad called in after Veterans Museum display discovered to be live rocket

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    It's No Dud: Bomb Squad Disposes of Live Rocket on Display in Veterans' Museum
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325039,00.html
    Wednesday, January 23, 2008

    CUMBERLAND, Maryland — History could have come to life in very much the wrong way at a veterans' museum where a rocket on display for two years was discovered to be live.

    After Allegany County authorities were notified Wednesday that the Mark 1 rocket on display in Cumberland might be live, the state fire marshal's office and the FBI confirmed it was. Bomb experts removed the ordnance and rendered it safe.

    The 48-inch-by-2.75-inch rocket was similar to those used on helicopter gun ships during the Vietnam War, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo Jr. A local veteran donated it to the museum, which is in a chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Zurolo said.

    Authorities are investigating how the man came to possess the live ordnance.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I wonder how the figured out it might be live.
     
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    Reminds me of a story I heard about the atomic bomb display in the Smithsonian .


    Cliffs: Turned out the Smithsonian had a Little Boy replica, and that it was actually a real bomb casing, unlike the other displays that are built for that purpose. DOE showed up the day after they realized this with a bunch of guys with MGs, carted it away. Smithsonian got it back, but it is one of the most secure displays ever in that museum.
     
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    the ATF will probably charge him :rolleyes:
     
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    lol link?
     
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    no link, talked to a curator at the museum at the time who currently teaches at UCM. I'll try to get him to actually write it up. The interesting thing, when the DOE came to get the shell from the warehouse it was being stored in until it was on display, both the DOE agents AND the guards at the storage area had FA guns :rofl:

    The display these days is pretty interesting. The bomb is welded to the gurney it is on, the gurney is bolted at all 4 corners to the concrete slab of the floor, there is a layer of BP glass, rigged to set off an alarm if it gets cracked, with motion sensors hooked up as well.

    Oh, and the armed guard nearby at all time.
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    Jesus christ Nice :cool:

    In for pm / email when the story is written.
     
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    I'll shoot him an email and see if he can write it up. Its a cool little story.
     

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