Weekend history post
The sheer quantity of explosive that was lying around in dumps and caches in Iraq after the fall of Saddam can be grasped by watching links to demolition video. Here for example, is the destruction of 429 tons of exlosive. A somewhat closer view of 100 tons being detonated in 2006 shown below illustrates just how dangerous and violent these explosions can be. Note the shockwave advancing toward the camera and listen to the rain of debris.