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Ammo Dumps
2007 Darwin Award


(2003, Iraq) When my unit took over an Iraqi ammunition holding area, securing this large piece of real estate was a bit of a problem. Looters periodically showed up to steal brass from the tank and artillery rounds stored in the bunkers. These guys had simple tools: HAMMERS and CHISELS. And, as 98% of Iraqis smoke, this made for an even more interesting day.

One day we saw five looters sneak into a bunker. As we made our way towards the bunker to apprehend them, the bunker exploded. It was a few days before we could get close to the demolished bunker. When we were able to investigate, we ascertained that the looters had either struck a spark while hitting a tank round with hammer and chisel, or one or all were enjoying their finest tobacco while striking the tank round. Either way, the outcome was the demise of five insurgents.


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