Load of Patriot SAMs confiscated

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According to Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, the cargo manifest of the M/S Thor Liberty on which 69 Patriot ground-to-air missiles were found, listed the weapons as "fireworks". She said that documents associated with the containers holding the missiles carried the name of a South Korean individual.

The vessel which sails under the flag of the Isle of Man, was known to be carrying 150 tonnes of legal explosives.

These, however, were being transported in an unsafe manner.

In addition to the explosives, officials discovered American-made Patriot missiles which were listed on the cargo manifest as fireworks.

According to the Minister of the Interior, there has been no transit permit issued for the missiles by the Finnish Defense Forces.
She added that there is no indication that the cargo posed a danger to the port or the local population. However, if the cargo of anchor chain that the ship came to Finland to pick up had been loaded, a seriously dangerous situation could have arisen.
According to Räsänen the cargo vessel will be moved to one of the port's remote docks for reloading during the Christmas period when traffic is low. When permission for the explosives to be taken out of the country is given, the vessel will continue on to China. What will happen to the Patriot missiles is still undecided.

The missiles have been turned over to the Finnish Defense Forces.

The Interior Minister said that German police have been contacted in connection with the investigation.
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Should we not just let the bad guys have them? I thought they were useless and shot down friendly aircraft. Though that might have something to do with being operated by Americans...
Works now...them bastards change when there is any update...
Are the missiles on their own of any use ?
They apparently were in British vessel in way to China...
Seems it was just unfortunate incident, Germans say they sold those to S-Korea...
Well they are just really big fireworks

When i buy stuff off ebay in the US i have them mark "gift" to avoid customs duty...no problem
Seems someone in Germany might have some explaining to do. I cant imagine the US authorities being very happy.
Well they are just really big fireworks

When i buy stuff off ebay in the US i have them mark "gift" to avoid customs duty...no problem
Seems like what actually happened! :thumright:

Apparently something was also lost in translation between Germans, Koreans and Finns..."Rockets" in this time of year..well...can see why Customs started to shit bricks when they saw Patriot missiles. Happy New Year! :)

Actually the label was "rockets" and customs agent misunderstood it as fireworks, which is not all that far fetched considering the time of the year. As i understand several languages don't really make difference between rocket and missile. (German would be one of them, unless you go all technical and call a missile Lenkwaffe (guided weapon) to distinguish it from Rakete.)

Anyways, at least it shows our Customs do work sometimes...:thumright:
Erm even as fireworks they would have to have a Proper Shipping Name, a UN Serial Number, a Hazard Division and Compatibility Code. And fireworks would have come up as FIREWORKS and between 0333 - 0337 as a serial number. These bad boys would be something completly different - ROCKETS WITH BURSTING CHARGE - 0180.

And it was ze Chermans who dispatched them - they don't normally make this sort of mistake.
It has become bit of a farce between countries... There is total of 160 tons of explosives, very badly loaded, too. So they are unloading all and repacking them into containers. 160 tons would have made quite interesting fireworks, in worst case.

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