Nov 16, 2009

Up In Smoke: Ulyanovsk Arms Depot

Something went horribly wrong at the Ulyanovsk arms depot last week. No, the ammunition exploded just fine. Instead, the improper disposal of ammunition was to blame for two deaths and a flurry of camera phone video on the web.

Sure, it's not as compelling as last year's depot explosion in Albania. However, with so many post-communist depot explosions from which to choose, we can afford to be picky. Come to think of it, we’re a little disappointed that the remaining stockpile in Transnistria hasn’t blown yet (without the loss of life, of course). Oxygen, fuel and a catalyst could finally do what the OSCE can't seem to accomplish.

Loads more camera phone video of the Ulyanovsk blast, if you're interested.

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