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whiteladder
10-25-2007, 01:58 AM
After the 3 nuclear explosions in WW2 this was the next largest and it was in the UK, something I didn`t know about until last night.

http://www.carolyn.topmum.net/tutbury/fauld/fauldcrater.htm

KIMURA
10-25-2007, 02:08 AM
cap from Wiki

Helgoland. On April 18, 1947 British engineers attempted to destroy the entire island in what became known as the "British Bang" (or "Big Bang"). 4,061 (another source claims 6,800) tons of surplus World War II ammunition were placed in various locations around the island and set off. The island survived, although the extensive fortifications were destroyed. The blast was listed in the ******ss Book of World Records under largest single explosive detonation (Not to be confused with the Halifax Explosion, which was not a detonation.)

VF-17_Jolly
10-25-2007, 03:33 AM
Biggest explosion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion)of WWI.

Did not know of this one

leitmotiv
10-25-2007, 04:57 AM
Ouch. Then there was Port Chicago in California in 1944, Bari in Italy, and during the 1941 Greek campaign a Ju 88 hit a munition ship in port which blew the hell out of everything.

ploughman
10-25-2007, 06:05 AM
There was one in or near Murmansk back in the 80s that initially was thought to have been an accidentaly nuclear detonation. A bit sketchy on the details though.

Here's my own personal accidental ammunition explosion, an Indonesian Marine depot caught fire and exploded. Very exciting night in a ditch.

http://polonia.mirexsj.com/images/Jakarta_1984_III_small.jpg

willyvic
10-25-2007, 06:12 AM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Ouch. Then there was Port Chicago in California in 1944...

My Grandmother got a new house out of that one.

WV

VF-17_Jolly
10-25-2007, 06:12 AM
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/images/ae-11-h65605.jpg

big bang

luftluuver
10-25-2007, 06:16 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
There was one in or near Murmansk back in the 80s that initially was thought to have been an accidentaly nuclear detonation. A bit sketchy on the details though.
That would be the largest nuke detonating.

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Russia/TsarBomba.html

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2046393742348211186

leitmotiv
10-25-2007, 06:26 AM
Originally posted by willyvic:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Ouch. Then there was Port Chicago in California in 1944...

My Grandmother got a new house out of that one.

WV </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Man, that must have been nasty. My mother was living in San Francisco at the time.

M_Gunz
10-25-2007, 06:30 AM
I don't know the name of the town but in pre-WWI Germany there was near a town, a place that
used the Haber process to make ammonium nitrate fertilizer. As it was produced it was dumped
in a single hill outdoors. A very large hill. Between water in air that reacts with nitrates
liberating a small amount of heat each time and the higher the temperature the more such small
reactions happen and that the base of the pile being not only more insulated but under pressure,

one day the factory and the nearby town ceased to exist totally.

Ammonium nitrate explosions result in gasses moving at 77,000+ f/s, re-entry type speed. you
don't even need a container to get a horrid bang.

ploughman
10-25-2007, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by luftluuver:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
There was one in or near Murmansk back in the 80s that initially was thought to have been an accidentaly nuclear detonation. A bit sketchy on the details though.
That would be the largest nuke detonating.

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Russia/TsarBomba.html


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2046393742348211186 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


That's a big bomba, but not that one. It was a conventional explosion, a depot or store exploding.

Some details here (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,926658,00.html)

@MGunz, Texas City 1947 link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster). Another fertilizer accident.