Repomancer - 2007-12-13 Presumably that torpedo was armed and running inside the tube -- not a Good Thing™.
zatojones - 2007-12-13 I don't think they arm themselves until they travel a certain distance hence laughter and wtfs rather than screams and ducking.
SolRo - 2007-12-14 doesn't a torpedo need collide with something to detonate?
it's not a timed depth charge...
Syd Midnight - 2007-12-14 It needs to come within a few meters of a ship's metal hull. Ouch. But it should also have a fuse that won't arm until it has traveled some distance from the vessel.
I assume torpedoes have a number of failsafes on them, for example I heard of one that can disarm the torpedo if it does a 180, to keep ships from torpedoing themselves (it happens). One Kursk theory was that a torpedo ran hot in it's rack, and the captain attempted a 180 to disarm it (but it blew up anyway).