Silly String - Booby Trap Detector

#1
From New York:
Mothers are sending son's serving in Iraq, cans of silly string. Seems the septics use it before entering a room, the plastic stuff travels about 12 feet lands on hidden trip wires. The strands are so light they don't trigger the explosives. ......!!!

Well feck my old boots! Who'd a thought it?
 
#3
Speckled_Jim said:
Didn't I see some infantry bods using this on some TV show in the 80s? Something like "Combat" or something? It's all a little hazy...
You are quite right, Sections from different units competing against each other on different stands. One being booby traps, where the silly string was used by a number of teams to find trip wires. :D
 

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#5
It was vaguely fashionable in the search world in the 80s.
 
#6
There was an article in "The Forces Favourite Newspaper" (TM) - The Sun - some time ago about how someone in the Brit army had worked out this as a way of defeating trip wires. Must be true then!

Here's the link:
Sun article

(Can't test the link at the moment as the Sun site appears to be down right now. Apologies if I've cocked up).
 
#8
My neighbour ex-guards, said that they were using it in NI back in the 80's. Saved them sending home some of the guys in small polythene bags. A cracking idea.......
 
#9
It was genius once, until the bad guys in NI started using sensitive switches to defeat it (widely available switches I add, and not anything overly gucchi!) ....... not somethin I would like to try!
 
#10
Think about it,
if you suspect that there is a tripwire there, then don't go near it.
If the Sun is reporting this, then everyone knows. The most basic switch is the bare-wire loop. This can easily be made sensitive enough to function with silly string.
Don't go on the casrep - "Injured by Silly String"
 
#11
Yankee_Charlie said:
Think about it,
if you suspect that there is a tripwire there, then don't go near it.
If the Sun is reporting this, then everyone knows. The most basic switch is the bare-wire loop. This can easily be made sensitive enough to function with silly string.
Don't go on the casrep - "Injured by Silly String"
Lol cos, that would be just plain...... silly!
 
#17
Speckled_Jim said:
Didn't I see some infantry bods using this on some TV show in the 80s? Something like "Combat" or something? It's all a little hazy...
Dead on. The show with the late Emlyn Hughes & the arsey Anneka Rice.

I believe it was one cheeky chappie from the KOSB that used it. If I remember correctly, they finished as runners up to the Paras (because the Paras faced the Ghurkhas in the semis, not necessarily because the KOSB were better than the Johnnies).
 
#19
hmmmm.....sneaky ways of activating booby traps....i have only 1 word..........CHAVS!!!!
 
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