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Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 3

Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 3

This is the third and final part of an article on detonator bench crimpers. Chilean-manufactured bench cap crimper The crimping pattern is a little different than that of the du Pont crimping tool, as the photos above show. The handle requires a much wider “throw” or swing to fully operate, than the one on the […]

Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 2

Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 2

This is the second part of Bruce Koffler’s article on bench crimpers Chilean-manufactured bench cap crimper The other model that I have and use is made in Chile, purchased about 25 years ago. It was imported to the USA by Petro-Explo and they may still offer it on special order. It is no longer shown […]

Lyme Disease, Ticks and You

Lyme Disease, Ticks and You

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases (OTBDs) are becoming more common in North America and the changing climate has pushed tick ranges northward. Lyme Disease, Ticks and You is a distillation of Shelley Ball’s, (PHD), exhaustive research into Lyme and OTBDs and her experience of advocating for her own health. This essential guide clearly explained […]

Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 1

Unusual Tools in the Explosives Industry – Part 1

Bomb techs and military EOD techs use hand crimpers, such as the old reliable du Pont No. 8 crimper, similar to pliers, to secure safety fuse into the mouth of a non-electric detonator and tightly crimp the metal shell around the fuse. The crimper squeezes and deforms the detonator shell. Some jaw types do not […]

MIT test findings: State distributed deficient masks to Massachusetts police departments

MIT test findings: State distributed deficient masks to Massachusetts police departments

Hundreds of KN95 masks distributed to law enforcement agencies statewide were found to be less protective against COVID-19 than the standard N95 masks May 1, 2020 Boston.com Staff BROCKTON, Mass. — When the Brockton, MA Police Department received hundreds of protective respirator masks from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency earlier this month, they came as […]

Parcel Bomb Kills Journalist

Parcel Bomb Kills Journalist

In India on Sept 26 2012 freelance journalist, Chaitali Santa was killed when she opened a package containing a parcel bomb. The report was filed by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Proper training including how to spot a suspicious package can reduce the incidents of IED explosions, killings and property damage. Improvised Explosive Devices Are […]

XploSens For Detecting Improvised Terrorists Explosives

XploSens For Detecting Improvised Terrorists Explosives

  XploSens – Detects improvised (homemade) terrorist explosives The XploSens product line provides a real-time, onsite detection system for improvised explosive compounds such as TATP (Triacetone triperoxide), HMTD (Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine) and other peroxide, chlorate based and sprengel explosives. The XploSens products line was designed to quickly screen objects and provide the most economical, accurate […]