Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Underwear Bomb Contained Enough Explosives to Bring Down Plane

Via Breitbart TV this video explains the challenges of detecting the explosive used in the recent terrorist attempt on Christmas day as well as the dangers posed by the explosivve PETN.  ABC News explains:
A government test with 50 grams of PETN blew a hole in the side of an airliner. That was the amount in the bomb carried by the so-called shoe bomber Richard Reid over Christmas 2001.

The underpants bomb would have been one and a half times as powerful.
ABC News also has a group of photos showing how the explosives were sewn in the underpants as well as additional information on the detonator that failed to work. Here is one photo:

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