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Thread: Explosive devices detonate at Mt. Hood Community College Wednesday night

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    Exclamation Explosive devices detonate at Mt. Hood Community College Wednesday night

    Several explosive devices composed of plastic bottles containing unknown substances detonated in a recycling bin outside of Room AC1006 at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Wednesday evening, May 9.

    The incident took place at about 7:31 p.m., the college said.

    The explosion caused a loud noise, destroying the bin, damaging a portion of the ceiling and hurling debris several feet. A facilities employee was knocked back three steps and experienced ringing in one ear. The employee declined medical assistance.

    This happened yesterday and I just learned about it several hours ago. No alert was sent to students regarding this incident. I had just left campus 15 minutes prior too.

    Schools are dangerous places, no matter what people say, and we must not rely on the schools or police for protection because they can't provide it. Thankfully, I am able to provide my own protection but I can't say that for others.
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    These are not true "explosive devices". They are merely failed pressure vessels. While they may seem like they are "explosive devices" because they make a bang and can cause some minimal damage, they are not true explosives.

    While chemically speaking there is burning going on, it is a slow chemical oxidation. This slow oxidation allows these prank devices to be activated, sufficient time for them to placed, and sufficient time for the placer to remove themselves from the device. This is not an explosive.

    Explosive devices burn at high rates of speed. The distinction between high and low explosives is the speed of burning. Black powder is an explosive, todays modern gun powders, as fast at they burn, ARE NOT explosives but PROPELLANTS.

    The hubalo over these silly plastic bottles is nothing more than people trying to take simple pranks and turn them into federal cases. While damage and injury could occur by using one of these devices, they ARE NOT EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. They are vandalism when used to destroy property, they are potentially deadly (just as a gun used improperly has deadly potential), and as such, any damage or injury resulting from their use should be treated as a negligent or willful act and prosecuted under the underlying crime committed.

    Calling these very common prank devices "explosive devices" is no different than calling an AR-15 an "assault rifle". Itis intended to mis represent the true nature of the item and build public support to criminalize them.

    "The Second Amendment speaks nothing to an unfettered Right". (Post # 100)
    "Restrictions are not infringements. Bans are infringements.--if it reaches beyond Reasonable bans". (Post # 103)

    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nothing in any of my posts should be considered legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult a reputable attorney, not an internet forum.

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    Right on, WTP!

    I get tired of hearing the fearmongering about how "dangerous" these "bombs" are, when they'e not bombs at all.

    If a plastic bottle is a bomb, then a truck tire is a weapon of mass destruction. After all, it takes many times the pressure to cause a tire to fail, than what it takes to cause a plastic bottle to fail.

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