A Post Worth Reading: Ten Bad Examples of UXO Handling in Syria.
Congratulations, and thanks, are in order for Brown Moses, for this post on his blog showing reckless behavior with unexploded ordnance in Syria and urging activists (and, for that matter, everyone else) to be more careful when making a record of such finds.
Several fellow arms researchers and a pair of friends from the bomb-disposal field have been worried for some time about this sort of behavior, and began talking privately for the past several days about trying to take steps toward reducing it.
The behind-scenes conversation was prompted by photographs and video of the handling and rearrangement for photographs and video of the AO-1 submunitions found last week near Hama. (A relevant screen grab is above.)
It’s very gratifying to see Brown Moses get started. We expect to have more on this soon.
In the meanwhile one simple bit of counsel is a summary: Do not handle UXO. It is possible to document these items, and mark the area near them so others stay away until the items can be professionally disposed of, without any handling or touching whatsoever.