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Old 08-16-2018, 09:17 AM
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The red wire. No, the Blue!

Just watching Frank Drebin disarm a small nuke in Naked Gun 2 1/2, got me wondering about a common TV and movie trope.

In disarming a bomb, why can't you just yank out the detonator from the C4 explosive, cut the red and/or blue wires feeding electrical charges or do something else to sever the explosive from the detonator or the trigger button. Yes I realise they may be booby-trapped, but if there is no evidence of that, can it be done?

Do we really need to sit through two commercial breaks to get to three seconds before detonation to sort everything out?

I assume there is a factual answer, but if it goes into Cafe Society because of the content, that's okay.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:27 AM
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If you're certain that's how the bomba was constructed, then pulling the cap out of the putty is the right answer. But if there is a hint of evil genius in the bomb maker, the cap you see is redundant or a decoy, or wired into a dead-man switch, etc. My preferred method is to fully encase the timer and cap within the C4, and then create a complex theater of wires, caps, and pornographic drawings all around the brick to keep the nosey do-gooder busy while my plan unfolds.

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Old 08-16-2018, 09:37 AM
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In the real world, bomb wires are rarely color-coded, and usually pulling the wire off of the detonator makes it so the bomb won't go kaboom.

For a well-known example, the FBI reconstructed one of Ted Kaczynski's bombs. There is a picture of the reconstruction on Ted's wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unibomber_bomb.JPG

It is VERY simple compared to a Hollywood bomb, and very easily disarmed if you can get the box open without setting it off.

"Disconnect the easily accessible alligator clip" wouldn't be as dramatic for Hollywood, so even though it would be very effective on the above bomb, it wouldn't make for a good TV/Movie scene.

In WWII, the Germans found out (through spies) that unexploded bombs also worked well as terror weapons, and started putting booby traps and all sorts of things in their bombs to prevent them from being easily disarmed. This is one of the few cases where real-life bombs had anything even coming close to a Hollywood bomb. In those old German bombs, they did come up with techniques for disarming them that did involve things like "cut the blue wire", though these techniques were bomb model specific. The bombs often had fake wires designed to look like they went to the detonator when in reality cutting the fake wires would trigger the bomb to explode. The real detonator wires would be hidden underneath. Once you had some way of identifying the real detonator wires, the bomb disposal technician would cut those wires instead.

Real-world bombs rarely contain booby traps and are usually crude and simple in design.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:42 AM
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Real bomb squads prefer a technique of "cut everything at once", by using their own explosives to trigger a controlled detonation. After, of course, evacuating the vicinity, in case the detonation ends up being not so controlled.
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Real bomb squads prefer a technique of "cut everything at once", by using their own explosives to trigger a controlled detonation. After, of course, evacuating the vicinity, in case the detonation ends up being not so controlled.
You may remember this one:

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After studying the bomb for more than a day through x-rays, bomb technicians decided that, although there were warnings from the bomb maker that a shock would trigger the device, the best hope of disarming it was by separating the detonators from the dynamite. The technicians thought this could be accomplished using a shaped charge of C-4. The attempt to disarm the bomb failed as the technicians did not know that dynamite had also been placed in the top box containing the detonation circuit; the shaped charge detonated the top box explosives, which caused the rest of the bomb to detonate. The bomb destroyed much of the casino, although no one was injured.

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Some real bombs are not so easily disarmed.
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I think this may be a good time to mention one of my favourite historical figures - Charles Howard, 20th Earl of Suffolk.
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That's an awesome story! I especially liked this line:

"The room became absolutely silent apart from the schmaltzy piped-in music, which the bomb squad had been unable to disarm despite heroic efforts."

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Old 08-16-2018, 11:05 AM
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I was impressed that they included "vomitoria" and used it correctly. Actually the first time I've seen it used correctly.
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In the real world, bomb wires are rarely color-coded, and usually pulling the wire off of the detonator makes it so the bomb won't go kaboom.
Real world bombs also rarely have countdown displays. But pretty much every TV or movie bomb does.
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The red wire. No, the Blue!

Cut the tiny bit blue one.

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Old 08-16-2018, 01:48 PM
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As others have mentioned, removing the detonator is a good way to disarm the bomb (assuming it is not booby-trapped). The C4 itself is a rather “stable” substance in the sense that it can survive being beaten up, lit on fire, shot with bullets, etc... But only another explosive is likely to make it detonate. IRL, bomb-makers will commonly set their bombs in “stages” where a small and easily-initiated explosive (eg, the blasting cap) will set off a more stable explosive. The actual “bulk” explosive is usually the most stable material and can require one or more stages of less-stable explosives to detonate.

I’d also submit that Frank has the right idea, here. If a nuclear bomb is about to detonate, you might as well just start ripping out random wires. Nuclear bombs need a very precise explosion to create the desired “kaboom.” An imperfect explosion might still kill you, but at least you would prevent the nuclear chain reaction.
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...I don't see that Frank has any ideas, here. Did you mean to refer to some other poster?
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I’d also submit that Frank has the right idea, here. If a nuclear bomb is about to detonate, you might as well just start ripping out random wires. Nuclear bombs need a very precise explosion to create the desired “kaboom.” An imperfect explosion might still kill you, but at least you would prevent the nuclear chain reaction.
IIRC, all Drebin did was start to run and trip over the cord, pulling out the plug and shutting down the bomb.

The "random wires" solution was the one they should have used in "The Peacemaker."
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:57 PM
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Start with the simple bomb... a timer controls applying power to the blasting cap embedded in the C4 or fertilizer-diesel mixture or whatever.
Pull the cap out, the major explosive does not receive an immediate enough powerful shock, does not explode.

So what are you as a bomb-maker going to do to prevent this?
Hiding the bomb is a good start.
IIRC the Mad Bomber in Boston, if I remember long ago articles, used a mercury switch to detect if the bomb was being moved - once armed, jarring or tilting the bomb could close the circuit using a tiny glass vial with a blob of mercury and two wires in it. Nowadays, there are electronic gizmos t detect movement, but same idea.

But then, the bomb has to avoid vibration after being armed (powered on). Those Speed movies where the bomb can be shaken around by hitting LA potholes at 60MPH but you still can't pick it up - pure pig leavings.
Then of course, build a dam around the bomb (Clay?) and pour in liquid nitrogen. That should freeze any mercury fuses, and as a bonus kill any battery.
So, you Mr. Bombmaker add a temperature switch to the bomb. Too cold, it burns up.
Put a switch on the lid, if the bomb box is opened, boom. A simple variation on tripwire, weight sensitive switch under carpet, etc.
Pull the blasting cap out? Make a fake blasting cap that is actually a spring-loaded switch - pull it out, the circuit closes, mission accomplished. So if the bomb has 2 blasting caps, is that insurance or a trick? But, how good are your mimicry skills in making fake blasting caps? Instead of pulling it out, slowly peel back the C4?
Does the wiring sense when a wire has been cut? does the wiring sense changes to capacitance as the wires are handled or the insulation is cut and the wire clippers are about to do their thing? Dual ignitions that will trigger if their buddy goes offline, to prevent tampering You better have a pretty sophisticated bombmaker who knows real fancy electronics...

Plus, there's the Rube Goldberg principle - the more complex the device, the better the odds it won't work. Remember in the second wave of Tube bombings in London (and the underwear bomber), the terrorists could not even make explosive that went "bang" instead of "fizz". Hooking a cellphone to a blasting cap trigger seems to be the limit of modern tech tricks. (Leading to the result that when they tried to blow up the president of Pakistan over 10 years ago, the bridge blew up a minute after his car went over it - presumably the trigger text arrived after his jammers were out of range...)

But basically, your typical bomb is built ot meet the needs it expects to encounter. How tamper-proof and analysis proof does it have to be?
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Real world bombs also rarely have countdown displays. But pretty much every TV or movie bomb does.
And ”it always stops at ‘1’ on the show.”

There are electromechanical ordnance triggering devices in nuclear weapons that have to be disassembled in a certain sequence lest a failsafe render the device unusable, but they don’t just blow up if you accidentally go out of sequence for obvious reasons. Some of the earliest atomic weapons had to be assembled while in the aircraft, and an static electric discharge or damage during assembly could potentially cause an unintended criticality event, but that wasn’t an intentional design choice; it was a reflection of the crude state of protective safety interlocks and safe design in nuclear weapons at that time.

The notion of complex explosive devices with multiple protective systems and “collapsing circuits” which detect the severance of a primary firing circuit and initiate a secondary firing circuit are about as much of a trope as the sophisticated psychopath who creates an elaborate puzzle for investigators using his victims to leave a steganophic message on a map of their locations, or the renegade police detective who gets to run around in an improbable undercover disguise with an unlimited clothing budget, driving Italian supercars, and getting into weekly gunfights. In theory, a technically proficient bomber could do such a thing; in reality, most bombers put their effort into not allowing the device to be discovered before it detonates in the first place.

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...I don't see that Frank has any ideas, here. Did you mean to refer to some other poster?
Frank is the name of the character in the segment.

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IIRC, all Drebin did was start to run and trip over the cord, pulling out the plug and shutting down the bomb.

The "random wires" solution was the one they should have used in "The Peacemaker."
He pulls out a few fistfuls of wires before he trips over the cord.
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Thanks all - that's really helpful stuff.

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... For a well-known example, the FBI reconstructed one of Ted Kaczynski's bombs. There is a picture of the reconstruction on Ted's wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Unibomber_bomb.JPG ...

"Disconnect the easily accessible alligator clip" wouldn't be as dramatic for Hollywood, so even though it would be very effective on the above bomb, it wouldn't make for a good TV/Movie scene.
But what if, in Rocky VIII he finishes the climactic fight against his mortal enemy and then goes into the dressing room and There's The BOMB the enemy had planted because deep down he knew that Rocky would win, and Rocky's still got his boxing gloves on!!?!? I think that would add some dramatic tension and nuance sadly missing in the previous three or four movies in the franchise.

Plus Rocky had the colour cones knocked out of his eyes with a sneaky punch, so can't distinguish wire colours.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:00 PM
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In WWII, the Germans found out (through spies) that unexploded bombs also worked well as terror weapons, and started putting booby traps and all sorts of things in their bombs to prevent them from being easily disarmed. This is one of the few cases where real-life bombs had anything even coming close to a Hollywood bomb. In those old German bombs, they did come up with techniques for disarming them that did involve things like "cut the blue wire", though these techniques were bomb model specific. The bombs often had fake wires designed to look like they went to the detonator when in reality cutting the fake wires would trigger the bomb to explode. The real detonator wires would be hidden underneath. Once you had some way of identifying the real detonator wires, the bomb disposal technician would cut those wires instead.
As I recall, one of the most effective 'disarming' techniques used by the British was to drill a hole in the bomb casing and steam out all of the explosive. Then if it was triggered, only the blasting cap would explode, with little or no damage to the area. But the trick was to complete this process before the bomb timer ran out, or the vibration was enough to set off the detonator.

And I remember reading a case where the Rube Goldberg principle that md2000 mentions intervened:
Terrorists planned to plant a bomb in a public place in Israel. Their bomb-maker had assembled it, had carefully disguised it, set the timer going, and delivered it to those who were to plant it. But they were on their way to sneak it into place when the bomb went off.

Seems that the bomb maker was a fanatic who refused to recognize 'Jew time' (because the Israel government had approved using Daylight Saving Time) so he set his timer on 'Arab time', and it went off an hour earlier than the bomb planters had expected.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:15 PM
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That's an awesome story! I especially liked this line:

"The room became absolutely silent apart from the schmaltzy piped-in music, which the bomb squad had been unable to disarm despite heroic efforts."

I especially liked when they described the look of the aftermath of the bomb and said "It looked as if a bomb had gone off." and "In the casino pit the tables had turned."
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And I remember reading a case where the Rube Goldberg principle that md2000 mentions intervened:
Terrorists planned to plant a bomb in a public place in Israel. Their bomb-maker had assembled it, had carefully disguised it, set the timer going, and delivered it to those who were to plant it. But they were on their way to sneak it into place when the bomb went off.

Seems that the bomb maker was a fanatic who refused to recognize 'Jew time' (because the Israel government had approved using Daylight Saving Time) so he set his timer on 'Arab time', and it went off an hour earlier than the bomb planters had expected.
I think you are referring to this Darwin Award incident. It was actually Israel that decided to switch earlier, and apparently a lot of people had confused schedules because of it.

Most people presumably just were late or early to meetings and whatnot, though, which made it matter less for obvious reasons. Explosives are less forgiving of scheduling errors.
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I was impressed that they included "vomitoria" and used it correctly. Actually the first time I've seen it used correctly.
Not quite correctly, I think. The writer uses it as a gaudy synonym for "exit." A vomitorium is a particular kind of exit that goes through a rank of seats, like at a theater or stadium, forming a throat that vomits people out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vomitorium
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Don't be silly. One of the very first instances of this, I remember the countdown stopped at "007". He would have had plenty of time to get out of the room.
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As I recall, one of the most effective 'disarming' techniques used by the British was to drill a hole in the bomb casing and steam out all of the explosive. Then if it was triggered, only the blasting cap would explode, with little or no damage to the area. But the trick was to complete this process before the bomb timer ran out, or the vibration was enough to set off the detonator.

And I remember reading a case where the Rube Goldberg principle that md2000 mentions intervened:
Terrorists planned to plant a bomb in a public place in Israel. Their bomb-maker had assembled it, had carefully disguised it, set the timer going, and delivered it to those who were to plant it. But they were on their way to sneak it into place when the bomb went off.

Seems that the bomb maker was a fanatic who refused to recognize 'Jew time' (because the Israel government had approved using Daylight Saving Time) so he set his timer on 'Arab time', and it went off an hour earlier than the bomb planters had expected.
A more sombre screwup? The Sikh terrorists that blew up the Air India plane near Ireland also planted a bomb westbound that killed a Narita baggage handler. The still unanswered question is about timing - did they intend to blow up two planes on he ground, one in London and one near Japan? OR two planes in the air, one Near London and one near Tokyo? Regardless which plan, it seems they could not count time zones correctly and one or the other was off by an hour or two.
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It was not uncommon during 'the troubles' for the IRA to blow themselves up on the way to plant a bomb. These were referred to as 'own goals'.
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I think you are referring to this Darwin Award incident. It was actually Israel that decided to switch earlier, and apparently a lot of people had confused schedules because of it.

Most people presumably just were late or early to meetings and whatnot, though, which made it matter less for obvious reasons. Explosives are less forgiving of scheduling errors.
Seems more like propaganda which has been accepted uncritically. “
A “Look at how dumb them muzzies are”. Since these theoretical bombers have been smart enough to get past security but too dumb to understand the concept of daylight saving time?
Plus if I understand it, timers don’t care what the local time is, they are like stopwatches, they work on time gone by since activated.
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Seems more like propaganda which has been accepted uncritically. “
A “Look at how dumb them muzzies are”. Since these theoretical bombers have been smart enough to get past security but too dumb to understand the concept of daylight saving time?
Plus if I understand it, timers don’t care what the local time is, they are like stopwatches, they work on time gone by since activated.
Let's say we make a plan that the bomb will be in place at 11:00 and go off at 11:15. I the bomb maker set the timer for 2 hours at my local time of 9:15 but that is 8:15 Israel time. Then the person placing the bomb needs to place it at10:00 Israel time. If there is confusion about Palestine time vs Israel time then there can be problems using a timer.

Apple famously had issues with daylight savings time a few years ago causing problems for people who relied on their phone to give them the correct time. So it is not jut dumb muzzies who have issues with daylight savings time.
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Bomb makers don't normally arm the bomb until its ready to be used. Not the smart i.e alive ones anyway. So yeah I doubt the story.
In any insurgency, lots of idiots blow themselves up by accident, being self-taught and all.
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Bomb makers don't normally arm the bomb until its ready to be used. Not the smart i.e alive ones anyway. So yeah I doubt the story.
In any insurgency, lots of idiots blow themselves up by accident, being self-taught and all.
In general, the people using the bombs are not the people making the bombs. Bomb-makers are too valuable to send out on missions.
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Seems more like propaganda which has been accepted uncritically. “
A “Look at how dumb them muzzies are”. Since these theoretical bombers have been smart enough to get past security but too dumb to understand the concept of daylight saving time?
Plus if I understand it, timers don’t care what the local time is, they are like stopwatches, they work on time gone by since activated.
Not so much stupid as miscommunication. "Plant this bomb at 11:00". The bombmaker has ideological blinders on, it does not occur to him that dedicated fellow travellers would use Israeli time, even though the others do so because you have to if that is the environment you live and work in.
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I remember reading how freezing the detonator with a liquid nitrogen spray was what bomb squads were doing in the 90's and I've seen a bunch of movies copy that in their bomb disarmament recreations.
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And it's not as if actual armies haven't screwed up thanks to their failure to synchronize their clocks.
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Just watching Frank Drebin disarm a small nuke in Naked Gun 2 1/2, got me wondering about a common TV and movie trope.
Does anyone know the first use of this trope? There's a 1974 movie called Juggernaut that ends with a "cut the blue wire" scene. Awesome cast (Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins), and pretty good overall, but the ending is infuriating if you think about it a bit.

I'm still reading the story of the Harvey's casino bombing. I heard a very good podcast on it a while ago. One thing I've not heard, once the culprit was captured was any wiring diagram or instructions found that revealed if there was a way to disarm the bomb using the switches on the panel? Could the bomber have given instructions on how to deactivate the bomb?
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Real world bombs also rarely have countdown displays. But pretty much every TV or movie bomb does.
If I were to make a bomb, it would totally have a big LED countdown, which would be completely inaccurate.
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Back in the early 80s, master forger Mark Hofmann got into financial trouble, he killed one document collector with a bomb and then set another one, killing the wife of a business associate of the collector in an attempt to distract the police.

He had a third bomb which he was apparently going to kill one of two other associates of his. (One of whom grew up around the corner from me and was my older brother's age. He would come to our house for cub scouts.)

Unfortunately for Hoftmann, somehow the plans fell through and as he attempted to handle the bomb, he blew up, severely injuring him. It was triggered with a mercury switch, and Mark had already armed the bomb. Also unfortunately for him, the wires, (red and blue?, were internal to the box.
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Does anyone know the first use of this trope? There's a 1974 movie called Juggernaut that ends with a "cut the blue wire" scene. Awesome cast (Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins), and pretty good overall, but the ending is infuriating if you think about it a bit.

I'm still reading the story of the Harvey's casino bombing. I heard a very good podcast on it a while ago. One thing I've not heard, once the culprit was captured was any wiring diagram or instructions found that revealed if there was a way to disarm the bomb using the switches on the panel? Could the bomber have given instructions on how to deactivate the bomb?
According to the stories written about it, the bomb had been manufactured as non-disarmable. The guy who built it claimed to have made it shock-sensitive, so moving it would make it detonate. But a photograph of the bomb shows an array of toggle switches on the outer casing. The builder offered to basically “sell” the switch configuration that would disable the shock-detonation feature (and allow the bomb to be transported to a remote detonation site) for $3 Million.
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Hogan's Heroes, "A Klink, a Bomb, and a Short Fuse": Col. Hogan has to cut a wire to defuse a bomb that landed in the camp.

Klink: "If you knew which wire it was, why did you ask me?"
Hogan: "I wasn't sure which was the right one, but I was certain you'd pick the wrong one."
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IANABT, but I worked with ex-bomb techs (State LEO) for about ten years. They seemed to favor either bomb containment (with a trailer-mounted vessel) or water disruption in place. It depended on whether they were comfortable in moving the device.

Less preferred were detonation in place or some other exotic method (liquid nitrogen). Detonation in place was usually reserved for older, less stable explosives (like really old dynamite) that couldn't be moved safely.

The guys I worked with said they would never try to "cut wires" unless it was absolutely the last option (e.g., the device is attached to an individual, which was hardly ever seen here in the US).
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Very recent: Mysterious Floating Package Sparks Bomb Scare, Turns Out To Be NASA Experiment is a funny story, where I honestly believe the malefactor was trying, genially, to do the right thing.

And man that looks like a don't-cut-the-wire thing right out of Hollywood. And which evil no-goodnik wouldn't think that writing "NASA" would be great cover?

Also NASA was stupid for the design of the package to begin with.
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When a bomb has that many booby traps, all I can think of is "How the hell did they build the damn thing without it going off?"
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Does anyone know the first use of this trope? There's a 1974 movie called Juggernaut that ends with a "cut the blue wire" scene. Awesome cast (Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins), and pretty good overall, but the ending is infuriating if you think about it a bit.

I'm still reading the story of the Harvey's casino bombing. I heard a very good podcast on it a while ago. One thing I've not heard, once the culprit was captured was any wiring diagram or instructions found that revealed if there was a way to disarm the bomb using the switches on the panel? Could the bomber have given instructions on how to deactivate the bomb?
Bob Newhart had a routine, "Defusing a bomb," in his 1960-62 albums and mentioned it as a recurring theme already.
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In WWII, the Germans found out (through spies) that unexploded bombs also worked well as terror weapons, and started putting booby traps and all sorts of things in their bombs to prevent them from being easily disarmed.
I’m really curious: do you have a cite for this? Remarkably, British counterintelligence discovered and captured every single German spy sent across the Channel, turning many of them into double agents.

Cite: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-Cross_System

Of course, the spies you refer to may not have been ones operating on British soil. But either way, I’m curious.

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This is one of the few cases where real-life bombs had anything even coming close to a Hollywood bomb. In those old German bombs, they did come up with techniques for disarming them that did involve things like "cut the blue wire", though these techniques were bomb model specific. The bombs often had fake wires designed to look like they went to the detonator when in reality cutting the fake wires would trigger the bomb to explode. The real detonator wires would be hidden underneath. Once you had some way of identifying the real detonator wires, the bomb disposal technician would cut those wires instead.
A fantastic early-‘80s British TV series called “Danger UXB” (Un-eXploded Bomb) featured extremely realistic accounts of efforts to disarm unexploded German bombs in WWII England. It also explored the arms race between German fuse designers and the British teams that tried to disarm those fuses.

I’ve seen full episodes available on YouTube and they may well be available elsewhere. I watched this show as a kid with my parents when they aired in the US on Masterpiece Theatre. The entire family was riveted. I can’t recommend the show highly enough.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_UXB
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... A fantastic early-‘80s British TV series called “Danger UXB” (Un-eXploded Bomb) featured extremely realistic accounts of efforts to disarm unexploded German bombs in WWII England. It also explored the arms race between German fuse designers and the British teams that tried to disarm those fuses.

.. I can’t recommend the show highly enough. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_UXB
Another pair of thumbs upwards for Danger UXB.

It was in the back of my mind as I wrote the question at the start of the thread. Completely gripping and entertaining. I often looked to see if it was boxed-up for sale, but glad to know its made it to YouTube.
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I have always thought the timers on TV spoil the whole suspense angle.
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I have always thought the timers on TV spoil the whole suspense angle.
Yes. It's like one day I'd like to see a play where you see a pistol in the first act and it never is fired.
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A fantastic early-‘80s British TV series called “Danger UXB” (Un-eXploded Bomb) featured extremely realistic accounts of efforts to disarm unexploded German bombs in WWII England.
No more zukes!

Actually that whole GQ thread on defusing WWII (and other) bombs has details on stuff here.
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How NOT to defuse a bomb.
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That's a WWII cartoon ("that's a blockbuster bomb"). Who's the other character? A gremlin as in who shows up when stuff doesn't go "just right?"

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