Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 15:14:59 -0700 (PDT)

Author: William Beaty

Subject: Re: cluster bombs

Post:

Yes, that's a cluster bomb. Designed to kill groups of people.

A lot of Vets brought home live ammunition. Be very careful with that
thing. I don't know much about these things. Is it possible that it
has an explosive inside it? That stuff can become very unstable as it
ages. Best to stay away from it. Call the bomb squad if you're not
sure what you're dealing with.

People do get killed by these war souvenirs.

Paul

On Monday, September 22, 2003, at 04:37 PM, Anthony Lapinski wrote:

> I came across a "cluster bomb" at a garage sale over the weekend. It
> was
> spherical, metallic, about 5 cm in diameter, and not perfectly smooth.
> Rather, it had parts protruding out like a pinwheel. Said it was at
> least
> 20 years old. I guess these things were dropped from a larger
> cannister,
> which then exploded -- sending these smaller "bombs" toward people.
>
> I've never heard of such a thing. Anyone know if these claims are true?
> What conflicts/wars these things were used in, and are they used in
> today's combat?
>
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On Mon, 22 Sep 2003, Anthony Lapinski wrote:

> I came across a "cluster bomb" at a garage sale over the weekend. It was
> spherical, metallic, about 5 cm in diameter, and not perfectly smooth.
> Rather, it had parts protruding out like a pinwheel. Said it was at least
> 20 years old. I guess these things were dropped from a larger cannister,
> which then exploded -- sending these smaller "bombs" toward people.

These were headline news decades ago (during Jimmy Carter?) IIRC, the usa
was selling them to the Israelis, and there was a big stink about it.
They're in the same league as land mines: years later the leftovers still
kill civilians, and the usa refuses to sign any treaty banning their use.


Much later the casings were for sale by Jerryco, sciplus.com. No doubt
that's where yours came from.

Search "cluster bombs" +illegal


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