This is How the Marine Corps Disposes of Unwanted Ammo [VIDEO]
With conditions in a war zone being somewhat unpredictable, not all munitions remain in tip-top shape. Issues like rust or damage can render ammo unserviceable, but that doesn’t mean it can be casually thrown away. Instead, it must be properly disposed of and that usually leads to it being blown up in a controlled environment.
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For the US Marine Corps, disposing of unwanted ammo usually means they get to put their explosive training into practice, and the results are spectacular.
After making a request to blow up the damage or unserviceable munitions, the powers that be can either approve or deny the request.
Denied requests lead the ammo to be shipped out so that further investigations and testing can be completed. But, if approved, Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians take over.
The unwanted ammo is then sent to a detonation site, and EOD technicians carefully structure the munitions into tight groupings. According to We are the Mighty, this ensures that a single controlled blast will get the job done.
Once everything is in place, they calculate the amount of plastic explosive is required to thoroughly destroy the ammo, and begin rigging the pile with explosives and blasting caps, stringing everything together with detonation cord.
After the setup is complete, the EOD techs move to a safe distance and start a countdown. When the countdown reaches zero, the pile of explosives and ammo is detonated.
The intention is to keep the munitions, even though they are damaged or otherwise unserviceable, out of the hands of the enemy. And, needless to say, the Marines get that job done.