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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 May 2018 8:07 p.m. PST

One man died and another was injured on Tuesday after a 60mm mortar shell exploded in Banteay Meanchey province's Preah Net Preah district…


Part time gamer17 May 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Some one once said:
"Once you start a war, its dammed hard to stop it".
And harder still, to remove 'the killing machines' what are left behind.

In Cambodia:
Since 1979 to 2017, they (unexploded mines & shells) have caused, 64,688 casualties.
(and counting)

bsrlee18 May 2018 2:10 a.m. PST

A friend worked on a movie in Vietnam and he was impressed (horrified) at some of the things he saw, like the hill made entirely of decomposing TNT, which was (is still?) used by the local movie industry to make black smoke for Special Effects – they just go down to the big yellow hill with a shovel and scoop up as much as they think they need, pile it up on set and set fire to it to make smoke.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member18 May 2018 2:24 a.m. PST

"Old, rusty and explosive" sounds like a lot of people I know these days. :)


Vigilant18 May 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

Same thing still happens in France and Belgium with stuff left over from WW1.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member18 May 2018 10:08 a.m. PST


I'm not exactly sure how accurate the claim, but I heard that this has also happened with some Franco-Prussian War ordnance as well.


David Manley18 May 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

And some from the ACW too. I recall someone was killed in the US in recent years drilling into a shell from the 1860s that went off

Blutarski19 May 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

Dr Manley is correct.

IIRC, some years ago, Smithsonian Magazine featured an article on the French Ministry of the Interior ordnance disposal teams, still busy on a daily basis in northern France, removing and destroying dud ordnance and forgotten ammunition caches. I recall the article commenting that, although the great majority of recovered shells are of WW1 vintage, specimens from the Franco-Prussian War still occasionally emerge.

Dud poison gas shells are considered particularly risky items.


Part time gamer08 Jun 2018 10:35 p.m. PST

Dud poison gas shells are considered particularly risky items.
Man that would have to be 'the' understatement of the year.
Dear God, can you just imagine some farmer, or civilian digging to plant a garden in their back yard and hitting a WW I shell of mustard gas?

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