Hat Tip: BC via Sig94. Sig has a great take on this as well over at his digs too: The Land Mine Pixies Are At It Again
Ahh, what’s this? Oh just another item from Iraq or Afghanistan with the splodeyating, goat-molesting, assholes-for-allah seeding some more IEDs right?
WRONG– do read on as the story was only carried by a few local news outlets.
This mine, likely an anti-vehicle model, experts said, was found by two teens out with their mother and dog for a walk Friday. A bomb-disposal team found another nearby yesterday.
STRATHROY — A country creek where children swim, fish and frolic was instead swarmed by police yesterday as Canadian Forces explosives experts detonated two live landmines.
Strathroy? A quick consultation of a map determined it’s just a bit west of London, Ontario. That’s rather odd, I didn’t think the Boy Scouts have a merit badge for the care, feeding and planting of landmines. Two, Live, Anti-Tank landmines.
The mines, found in a culvert that runs under Inadale Drive between Strathroy and Mt. Brydges, appeared to have timers and were likely the type used to blow up tanks, Strathroy-Caradoc police say.
One mine was discovered by two girls Friday. They called police, and a second mine was found yesterday morning, only one metre away from the first.
Now you have my attention. Anti-Armor mines with timers planted in a stream bed in Ontario. It’s not like somebody just misplaced them and I don’t recall seeing any of those little bad-boys on sale recently at my favorite arms dealer either. Let’s just read on, but the smell-o-meter is rising.
Unsure if more mines are hidden nearby, Strathroy police asked the OPP to conduct a sweep. It was to have been done by dusk yesterday.
The creek is popular with families, so police suspect the mines were put there to maim and kill, or in callous disregard of that possibility.
“The senseless loss of life or grievous bodily harm that could have taken place at this creek — it’s reprehensible,” Strathroy-Caradoc police Sgt. Mike Overdulve said.
Live mines with timers, planted in an area frequented by families. Gee, I wonder what malignant, murderous bastard or bastards would do something like that. It couldn’t be terrorists right? The left assures us the only terrorists are the ones being created in Iraq, due to the occupation by the eeevil US and coalition forces. “Everybody” knows the airtight security in North America would never allow them here.
The potential for devastation was evident yesterday as a military team detonated the mines from a safe distance.
The force of the blast ripped bark and limbs from a tree and sprayed water so high it could be seen by observers a kilometre away.
“I could feel the percussive force,” Overdulve said, “It was 100 times louder than any fireworks you ever heard.”
Seven centimetres thick and 25 centimetres in diameter, the mines appear to be the kind used to disable tanks.
One brilliant j-school graduate in another piece on this story, described them as ’suspected’ mines. Let’s have a peek shall we at what a suspected mine looks like:
“We can’t definitively prove that, but that is the direction we are leaning,” Overdulve said.
Well it does look at bit like this M15 U.S. Anti-Tank Mine:
But then I’m not a highly-trained professional explosives expert. Maybe it’s just a coinky-dink.
After the detonation, the explosives experts found debris “consistent with timers,” he said.
Timers? Maybe to splodeyate the splodeyating device during a time when there would likely be innocents about.
The first mine was found Friday afternoon by nearby resident Lynn Denning, who walked to the creek with her two teenage daughters so that their yellow lab, Jesse, could enjoy the cold water.
“It’s upsetting,” she said.
While Inadale is a two-lane country road, many residents cross the culvert to commute to London, Denning said.
“There’s quite a lot of traffic during the week,” said Denning, who commutes to work at London Health Sciences Centre.
So, the placement could also take out the bridge at a convenient time, perhaps during the morning rush-hour with a school bus or two nearby.
The family called Strathroy-Caradoc police, who sought help from the OPP, who called in the explosive ordinance disposal team from CFB Base Borden. The explosives team left its base 100 kilometres north of Toronto at 6:20 a.m. yesterday. “We responded quickly — we take this matter quite seriously,” said Capt. Cheryl Swarbrick, a base spokesperson. Their presence was soon felt and heard on a normally quiet, tree-lined road. “I’ve seen hand grenades and ammunition, but I never encountered anything like this,” Overdulve said. Until a year ago, Overdulve lived near the creek, taking his three kids there to fish so often, they called it “crayfish creek.”
“This area is typically occupied by children, who come here to play,” he said.
Take you pick of scenarios, kids or commuters.
POLICE SEEK WITNESSES
Anyone who has recently been to the creek beneath Inadale Road between Strathroy and Mt. Brydges, or has seen anyone acting suspiciously near the creek, is asked to call Strathroy-Caradoc police at 519-245-1250.
Inquiring minds want to know. For whatever it’s worth, this area is only a 90 minute drive from Mecca West™, otherwise known as Detroit, Michigan, USA. Perhaps the FBI should start shaking the bushes, trees and knocking on a few mosque doors, but we wouldn’t want to offend the Religion of Pieces inhabitants now would we? Why that would be profiling, can’t have that.
I let this one sit overnight, actually expecting a bit of a ripple on the national level MSM. Not a single peep. The few articles I located were all local Canadian news outlets and nadda, zip, nothing dated today.
Nothing to see here….move along folks. We can’t make a bid deal out of this, the unwashed masses might jump to conclusions.