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SolRo - 2019-09-09

The eating/toxic smoke warning is because modern claymore mines use C4 explosive, which can actually be burned like a camping fuel in emergencies. It’s still toxic, but it won’t explode.

I don’t know if burning the whole thing would cause it to detonate though.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2019-09-09

Dammit! inb4 me!
Yeah apparently US soldiers in Vietnam (for example) would heat up their rations with burning c4. I reckon thats why it says the smoke is toxic and to not eat.. They dont want their soldiers cracking them open and using the C4 to cook their meals.

https://www.rcsdk12.org/cms/lib/NY01001156/Centricity/Domain/1 0241/veterans%20memories%20article.pdf

C4 was designed to be a stable, and it is stable *as balls*.
In Mythbusters they tested firing incendiary bullets at it while it was on fire in burning phosphorus and it still didnt explode.

Crab Mentality - 2019-09-09

I met a guy who was a demo-man in 'Nam and explained how troops would buddy up to you/trade you stuff for balls of C4 to heat up their rations over. So the "do not burn" makes some sense, but what part of that is supposed to be edible?

If the instructions are "Do not eat food cooked over the stuff in this mine", that would be more helpful, because it sounds like it's just telling me not to eat the mine.

SolRo - 2019-09-09

Probably the best way they could imply not to cook food directly touching burning c4

Cena_mark - 2019-09-10

I did not know that. I'd say the warning is for the most part moot, because MREs have included flame-less ration heaters for decades. I doubt there are any remaining soldiers in the field who remember the days of having to Macguyver means of heating their food.

SolRo - 2019-09-10

Maybe it’s not an emergency when you have plenty of self-heating MREs on hand?

Emergency as in cooking small animals because there’s no food left, or as a heat source in very cold climates.

casualcollapse - 2019-09-09

I believe the guys in Vietnam were burning just raw c4 and not the modern stuff with the plastic casing.

SolRo - 2019-09-09

Raw, natural organic c4 without the horrible toxic plastic casing...

duck&cover - 2019-09-10

The "C" in C4 is for candy.


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