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Intelligence Blunders
1999 Darwin Award Winner
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(August 1999, Manila) A deadly explosion in the Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation was linked to careless NBI agents smoking near a bucketful of dynamite powder. Remnants of hand grenades, bullets, and weapons were scattered far and wide.

The powerful blast gouged a crater beneath the NBI annex, shattered third-floor windows near by, and killed seven people including the cigarette-smoking perpetrators.

The bucket, stored in the NBI annex for over a year, represented a surprising failure to safeguard seized evidence. Added to this mental lapse is the image of carefree smokers crushing out their smoldering butts in a pail of dynamite powder. Group Darwin Award!

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