JAPANESE BALLOON BOMB FOUND

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  1. fubar57

    fubar57 Well-Known Member

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    Terrific find. Glad no one was hurt.
     
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    Sorry for the kid victims.
     
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    You've got to love journalists!
    Headline "Is it a bomb?" followed by, in the report, "They confirmed without a doubt that it is a Japanese balloon bomb."
    Cheers
    Steve
     
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    22 years ago, a 52 yo Japanese guy flew with his balloons to cross the Pacific Ocean but disappeared a few days later.
    His family is still waiting for him.

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    My thoughts exactly! Interesting story though Geo, cheers for posting!
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Good find! Just not sure I'd want to make it...
     
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    While the bombs fell all around the western states, Northern California saw a great deal of them, including the most intact example landing 40 miles due west of here in a small town called "Hayfork".

    The balloon bomb had settled into the top of a 60 foot tall Douglas Fir tree, was seen by the locals and while waiting for the Army to show up, exploded during the night. The next morning, they found that the balloon itself had detonated, but the bomb portion remained, allowing them to study the bombs, weights and related assembly.

    Anyway, if anyone is interested, here's the the official U.S. Military evaluation of the Paper Balloon Bombs: Japanese Balloon and Attached Devices
     
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