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250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:26 am

A 250kg bomb was found buried at the construction site of the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) in Dhaka today.

Workers first saw the cylinder-like bomb about three metres deep when they were excavating for construction work of the third terminal around 9:00am.

It is a live bomb weighing 250kg. There are explosives inside of it. It is usually called a general purpose bomb.


Full details with pics: https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/ ... 71-2008469

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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:24 am

The headline of the Daily Star's article suggests that the bomb may have been left over from the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Unexploded ordinance, still armed and dangerous, has been found dating from as long ago as the American Civil War (1861-1865), perhaps even longer ago than that. We will probably learn that it was India's bomb, manufactured in and purchased from the USSR.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:20 am

Sadly, this is almost routine in countries that suffered a war.
Ask people in German cities.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:15 am

SkyVoice wrote:
The headline of the Daily Star's article suggests that the bomb may have been left over from the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Unexploded ordinance, still armed and dangerous, has been found dating from as long ago as the American Civil War (1861-1865), perhaps even longer ago than that. We will probably learn that it was India's bomb, manufactured in and purchased from the USSR.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War


Ordnance without the I. In the USA, a man was killed in 2008 by unexploded but live Civil War ordnance.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:20 am

Toinou wrote:
Sadly, this is almost routine in countries that suffered a war.
Ask people in German cities.

Yep, here (the Netherlands) they are renovating and expanding a lot of highway and more often than not they find stuff.

Quite recently they found a unexploded V1 which stopped the constructions for some days.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:49 am

KFLLCFII wrote:
Toinou wrote:
Sadly, this is almost routine in countries that suffered a war.
Ask people in German cities.

Had the German ability/will to fight in that war gone on much longer, the individual thousands of bombs and resultant unexploded ordnance dropped upon their cities would have shortly evolved into single units of uranium-core and plutonium-core.

Ask the people in German cities about that.


You make it sound as if it would be in any conceivable way delightful and/or desirable to nuke people. What a disgusting comment.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:37 am

There is a failure rate of dropped bombs of about 7%.
When working in London in 1987, there were several instances of unexploded bombs found on construction sites.
Even worse, Mozambique and Angola are still littered with 1000's of landmines, that have to be cleared before any construction can take place.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:03 am

CRJockey wrote:
KFLLCFII wrote:
Toinou wrote:
Sadly, this is almost routine in countries that suffered a war.
Ask people in German cities.

Had the German ability/will to fight in that war gone on much longer, the individual thousands of bombs and resultant unexploded ordnance dropped upon their cities would have shortly evolved into single units of uranium-core and plutonium-core.

Ask the people in German cities about that.


You make it sound as if it would be in any conceivable way delightful and/or desirable to nuke people.


No, just stating fact. But it sounds like your projection got in the way.

Living only with the risk of a random unexploded ordnance now could be considered a silver lining in that it didn't end up far worse.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:07 am

Bombs are found almost every week here in the Cologne area. It has become such a normal annoyance. If you dig anywhere in Cologne you either find Roman ruins/artefacts or WW2 bombs
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:40 pm

I used to work at a military base that was used as an artillery test facility during WW2. 1-2 times per year there'd be a report of someone finding unexploded shells.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:05 pm

KFLLCFII wrote:
CRJockey wrote:
KFLLCFII wrote:
Had the German ability/will to fight in that war gone on much longer, the individual thousands of bombs and resultant unexploded ordnance dropped upon their cities would have shortly evolved into single units of uranium-core and plutonium-core.

Ask the people in German cities about that.


You make it sound as if it would be in any conceivable way delightful and/or desirable to nuke people.


No, just stating fact. But it sounds like your projection got in the way.

Living only with the risk of a random unexploded ordnance now could be considered a silver lining in that it didn't end up far worse.

Good thing is that, unlike normal explosive devices or chemical weapons, nuclear core is a precision machine which is extremely unlikely to actuate correctly with any amount of damage, be that from impact, water or from time. Besides, lifetime of plutonium core itself is pretty short due processes in plutonium itself.
Chemical poisoning with plutonium could be an issue, though.
As a side notice, as far as I remember, there are a single-digit number of nuclear devices lost in accidents and never recovered.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:28 pm

Out of curiosity, why would the dite of the airport be a target? Was it a military airstrip them?
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:48 pm

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Out of curiosity, why would the dite of the airport be a target? Was it a military airstrip them?


In a real war everything is considered of military importance for military leaders: Infrastructure of any kind (like airports, railways, streets, bridges, power plants, ...) could be used by enemy forces. They try to destroy the enemies economy, so it cannot support the forces. And as history shows they won't hesitate to level large cities with thousends of civilian victims to "break the morale and the fighting spirit" of the population.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:34 pm

Wow...they have found a dud...a singe 250 kg dud...oh nice.

As German I have to ask, why this thread has even started? There are some areas in Germany, where you can still find a dozen of them per hectare and half of them are British one, of them 40% with time-fuse and de-fusing protection. And of all of them, the time-fuse has been triggered.
And if in Germany an airport starts to increase their area or to build a new runway, as long, it is not one of the airports, new build in the nowhere land (like the new one in Munich), they will start with searching for them. and they will find some.
Also small arm ammunition up to artillery shells can be still found more or less everywhere, in forest or small lakes and pools. At end of war, the soldiers have thrown all the weapons and ammunition into the next lake or the advancing allied forces have tried to blow up the left behind small and bigger ammunition depots, with the result, that the ammunition only exploded in part and the rest has been scattered around. And I am not talking about battlefields like Hürtgenwald or Oderbruch, Berlin, Cologne e.g.

So, one bomb....a small one with 250 kg...pretty sure without time-fuze...LOL.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:09 pm

lightsaber wrote:
Out of curiosity, why would the dite of the airport be a target? Was it a military airstrip them?


I believe so. Part of the complex is currently a military base still.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:40 pm

T4thH wrote:
Wow...they have found a dud...a singe 250 kg dud...oh nice.

As German I have to ask, why this thread has even started? There are some areas in Germany, where you can still find a dozen of them per hectare and half of them are British one, of them 40% with time-fuse and de-fusing protection. And of all of them, the time-fuse has been triggered.
And if in Germany an airport starts to increase their area or to build a new runway, as long, it is not one of the airports, new build in the nowhere land (like the new one in Munich), they will start with searching for them. and they will find some.
Also small arm ammunition up to artillery shells can be still found more or less everywhere, in forest or small lakes and pools. At end of war, the soldiers have thrown all the weapons and ammunition into the next lake or the advancing allied forces have tried to blow up the left behind small and bigger ammunition depots, with the result, that the ammunition only exploded in part and the rest has been scattered around. And I am not talking about battlefields like Hürtgenwald or Oderbruch, Berlin, Cologne e.g.

So, one bomb....a small one with 250 kg...pretty sure without time-fuze...LOL.


Yep, we find explosives from WW2 everywhere in Europe regularly, Also here in Norway. Made in Germany.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:45 pm

I was in East London back in the 1980's.

One evening I went for a walk and found a load of people outside this factory.

So I asked them what was going on.

Apparently there was some building work going on and the builders found something unpleasant in the car park.

Moral of the story, never go digging in the car park.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:34 pm

Moral of the story, if the excavator scrapes something metal, stop digging. It could be a gas line, sewer, oil pipeline, water line, or left over bomb.

No war action around the Puget Sound in Washington, but they regularly find ordinance both on land and in the water around the piers. Shells are found several times a year here about a 1/4 mile from a navy housing complex, during WW2 it was a ordinance depot.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:40 pm

Happens a lot all over Europe. This one back in 2018 at London City Airport .


WWII Bomb Shuts Down Flights At London City Airport

More than 70 years after a bomb was dropped on London, its discovery has prompted authorities to cancel flights all day Monday at London City Airport.

The unexploded bomb is a "German 500kg fused device," according to local authorities.

www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02 ... ty-airport
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:04 pm

Is a fused device a b***?.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:08 pm

Bomb looks like it has the shell of a coconut, haha.

I’m aware it’s dirt people.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:16 pm

T4thH wrote:
Wow...they have found a dud...a singe 250 kg dud...oh nice.

As German I have to ask, why this thread has even started?
[...]

So, one bomb....a small one with 250 kg...pretty sure without time-fuze...LOL.


It's news because normally Bangladesh doesn't have such events, though historically one could expect a lot of missing ammunition from the various wars: WW2, and the multiple indo-pakistani wars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_wars_and_conflicts. Also there is a lot of history between post-WW2 airbases and civilian airfields, and different generations of army aviation/air force squadrons who were alternatively: British, Indian, Pakistani and subsequently Bangladesh. Tejgaon (old DAC) was a pretty major pre-WW2 airfield, and I think Kurmitola was the original name of the airfield which has now taken over the DAC role. So there are Bangladesh Air Force base at these locations visible on Google Maps. Also, a lot of the civil aviation authorities are ex-Military by selection. A further thought: depending upon where it was discovered, there may be high density apartment buildings adjacent to the airfield (see Google Maps). People might have been extra careful with reference to the explosion in Lebanon if nearby aviation fuel facilities were going to be at risk, and DAC is a vital infrastructure that is irreplaceable.

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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:12 pm

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Is a fused device a b***?.

Bombs have multiple safeties. A fused device is something that can detonate if jarred as there is but one contact that should have gone off at impact. You do not know if the last safety is about to go.

These WW2 era munitions also become shock sensitive with time. So a wake up call to be extra gentle.

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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:39 pm

This is an impressive picture from old german city of Stettin currrent Poland.


Image


https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/14/euro ... index.html
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:54 pm

lightsaber wrote:
bennett123 wrote:
Is a fused device a b***?.

Bombs have multiple safeties. A fused device is something that can detonate if jarred as there is but one contact that should have gone off at impact. You do not know if the last safety is about to go.

These WW2 era munitions also become shock sensitive with time. So a wake up call to be extra gentle.

Lightsaber


Yes to be gentle or better verry extra gentle is a must !
Here in Germany experts tell us that there is more than 10 thousand tons of duds , rotting away one way or each other , shocking !
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:34 pm

There are 460 sq. miles (1200 sq. km) in NE France that are designated as the Zone Rouge, after WW1. The area is saturated with unexploded shells (including many gas shells), grenades, and rusty ammunition. Soils were heavily polluted by lead, mercury, chlorine, arsenic, various dangerous gases, acids, and human and animal remains. The area was also littered with ammunition depots and chemical plants. The area will require an additional 300 to 700 years to complete cleanup.
 
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Re: 250kg bomb found during construction in Dhaka airport

Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:52 pm

DFW17L wrote:
There are 460 sq. miles (1200 sq. km) in NE France that are designated as the Zone Rouge, after WW1. The area is saturated with unexploded shells (including many gas shells), grenades, and rusty ammunition. Soils were heavily polluted by lead, mercury, chlorine, arsenic, various dangerous gases, acids, and human and animal remains. The area was also littered with ammunition depots and chemical plants. The area will require an additional 300 to 700 years to complete cleanup.

For many years after WW2 primarily, farmers would pull their plows with a long chain: if the plow would hit a bomb, the farmer would be at a safe(r?) distance and (hopefully) unharmed.

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