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Category: Things I Didn’t Know We Needed, But I’m Glad We’re Rich Enough To Buy July 4, 2007

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

What do you do when you find a bomb in an airport? Well, if you’re like Michael Chertoff, you probably say, “Gee, I wish I had a good trash can so I could throw this away.”

This probably happens much more often than you and I hear about.

Not to fear: You can replace that $35 airport trash can for only $2,000, and buy a trash can that will withstand a blast from up to two sticks of dynamite.


The blast-mitigation containers are fast becoming a staple of the nation’s train stations, airports, courthouses, office buildings, and embassies.

“It’s a very real threat,” said FBI Special Agent Ann Todd.

Uh-huh. I suppose that they’ve already bought a couple of thousand of these things by now. So, why not stop buying them and see if anyone throws a bomb away in one of them?

Maybe multi language signs would help: “Please dispose of your bomb, IED or dynamite (limit: two sticks) in this $2,000 trash container ->”.

At that price, they will surely chain them or weld them in place.  Which raises the question of what do they do if the bomb doesn’t go off.

Oh, and the design is to direct the blast upward, so don’t sit on the trash can.



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