Bombs in Birmingham...

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  1. psycho bob macrumors 6502a

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    Police have carried out controlled explosions in Birmingham (UK). The whole city centre has been evacuated.
     
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    :( Hope there's no more of them. Good thing no one got hurt.
     
  3. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    controlled explosions? i was watching sky news..but they didnt say anything about bombs that've been found.

    where did you hear it? or do you mean they're still looking for the bombs?
     
  4. psycho bob thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    BBC News 24 received reports that controlled explosions had been carried out, very few details are available at the moment. No one can recall the Police ever evacuating a whole city centre before so they must have been pretty convinced that something was/is going to happen.
     
  5. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    ah right, i get you. i guess i'll just check back in half an hour..news is always sketchy at the start..sky news just mentioned something about bomb disposal units driving by at top speed..

    dear oh dear..
     
  6. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    BBC Link if anyone is interested. I hope that everything is alright...
     
  7. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4668313.stm

    why on earth is 'middle east' in the link title..hmm?
     
  8. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    They had a warning, BBC News 24 are reporting the evacuations.

    No-one hurt.
     
  9. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Yeah, I spotted that when I first visited the page earlier in the evening. The updated page though has been changed to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4668313.stm
     
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    That said, I hope they found were the london terrorist and are searching house to house for them.
     
  12. john_satc macrumors 6502

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    I live in the inner city of Birmingham, 5 mins from the city centre.

    30,000 people are being evacuated. and they said that they have / are attempting controled explosions in the Hippodrome Theatre, in the Chinese and Gay parts of town.

    I am getting quite worried as loads of my mates are actually on the same road as the theatre at the moment, I really hope nothing bad happens. *Reeelie worried*
     
  13. john_satc macrumors 6502

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    OMG They have carried out a controled explosion on a bus, and now are working on something in china town - possibly the theatre
     
  14. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Well at least they found out about it before anything horrible happened
     
  15. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    can someone please explain to me exactly what a 'controlled explosion' is? have they found bombs and are detonating them..what exactly does it mean?

    i'm a bit confused as to what's going on..
     
  16. eva01 macrumors 601

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    that would be my guess, tehy found them and are destroying them
     
  17. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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    maybe they get some robot to drop a cardboard box over it so the explosion doesn't go everywhere.
     
  18. john_satc macrumors 6502

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    Controlled explosions are the police blowing up things that they think may be bombs etc. The one on the bus was a large bag left on the bus. I think largely this started in UK after IRA a few years ago. Police encourage people to call 999 if they see bags etc being left around unattended - like I work in a mall and if someone leaves a bag we have to issue a bomb warning :S
     
  19. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, it looks like they are blowing up bags or suspect items, and then examining them.
     
  20. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    The usual method is a robot with a 12 gauge shotgun which is fired at the package.In the case of car or bus bombs it may be a small amount of explosive.Hope all goes well in Midlands.
     
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    I wonder if they found anything or if these are all just lost bags.

    Lets hope the US doesn't do this at airports. I wonder how many bags the airlines misplace in a day.
     
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    Controlled explosions are also carried out quite frequently on UXBs left over from the Second World War – they're often discovered during excavation work or caught in fishing nets, and there's the occasional veteran who has an old hand grenade or shell he kept as a souvenir who causes a scare.
     
  23. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    London had a gay part of town?
     
  24. john_satc macrumors 6502

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    London does have a gay part of town (actually a gay pub in london was blown up by terrorists only a few years ago with a nail bomb) but i was talking about Birmingham which also has a gay quarter. don't most cities???
     
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    In some cities, it's more like a half...
    :p
     

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