Wreck of car after bomb explosion

Wreck of car after bomb explosion

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Credit: ALEXANDER TSIARAS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The burning wreck of a car, destroyed by a small car bomb. The bomb was detonated on a US Army range to demonstrate the effectiveness of plastic explosives. The steel roof of the car was blown over 30 metres into the air. About 500g of Comp C-4 explosive had been used, similar in effect to the more famous Semtex. A bomb of about this size was used by terrorists to destroy a Boeing 747 airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988 with the loss of 270 lives. The Semtex used in the Lockerbie bomb had been packed into a small tape recorder.

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Keywords: blast, car bomb, plastic explosive, technology, terrorist bombs

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