Raw footage showing the ATF Bomb Squad seeking out the apartment of James Holmes to disarm the explosives he had set up prior to heading to the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where he opened fire at the midnight showing of Batman; The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring more than 70 people. Video obtained & edited by guns.com.
I usually don’t post WIPs but I scribbled this little animation in April and recently went over the lines again late at night and since I have absolutely no idea when on earth I’m gonna continue work on this, I’ll just post the unfinished rough version for now! Because I love Killer Queen! That’s it :D
Derived from the from the French word “pet” and Latin word “peditum” meaning to break wind, the petard did much more than expel intestinal gas. It was an early shaped charge that was used to blow down big doors, gates, or palisades when laying siege to a fortification. The bomb usually consisted of a bell or cone shaped metal device filled with black powder. A small hole in the back allowed for the insertion of a fuse to detonate the bomb. By that time engineers had developed all kinds of explosives, what was special about the petard was that its bell shaped design focused the force of the blast in a frontward direction at a single point. This made it easier to blow a hole into a wall or blow a gate off of its hinges.
The job of placing a petard fell to the petard makers assistant. It was definitely not an easy task, as a petardier would have been fired upon by crossbowman and musketeers while attempting to correctly mount an explosive. It was not uncommon for a petardier to be killed by his own device. In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses the phrase “hoist with his own petard”, as a proverbial phrase meaning to be destroyed by ones own devices.
Before and after photos of Operation Sailor Hat in Hawaii, an attempt in 1965 to simulate the effects of nuclear blasts on US Navy ships by detonating large quantities of conventional explosives. Five hundred tons of explosives were used in several of the tests, making them some of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history..