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EOD razes hundreds of pounds of deactivated rocket parts

Hot shrapnel flies hundreds of feet in the air when the Vandenberg’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team detonated an equivalent of 400 pounds of explosives April 26. Viewers stayed safe 3,000 feet from the explosion and the hazardous flying shrapnel, composed of propellant and hot metal fragments. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Hot shrapnel flies hundreds of feet in the air when the Vandenberg’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team detonated an equivalent of 400 pounds of explosives April 26. Viewers stayed safe 3,000 feet from the explosion and the hazardous flying shrapnel, composed of propellant and hot metal fragments. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

With a Titan IV explosive detonator component in his right hand, Staff Sgt. Robert Brown explains how much explosive it will take to destroy the 4-inch steel cap at Vandenberg April 25.  Two explosions, at a combined 800 pounds of explosive power, destroyed rocket material from the deactivated Titan II and Titan IV programs. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

With a Titan IV explosive detonator component in his right hand, Staff Sgt. Robert Brown explains how much explosive it will take to destroy the 4-inch steel cap at Vandenberg April 25. Two explosions, at a combined 800 pounds of explosive power, destroyed rocket material from the deactivated Titan II and Titan IV programs. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Packing a detonation pit with ordnance for disposal, Staff Sgt. Lindsay Brendan and Staff Sgt. Robert Brown move a Titan IV staging motor at Vandenberg April 25.  30th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians used 500 pounds of C-4 to destroy two caches of various rocket material including Titan II pressure cartridges, linear explosive assemblies and detonators. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Packing a detonation pit with ordnance for disposal, Staff Sgt. Lindsay Brendan and Staff Sgt. Robert Brown move a Titan IV staging motor at Vandenberg April 25. 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians used 500 pounds of C-4 to destroy two caches of various rocket material including Titan II pressure cartridges, linear explosive assemblies and detonators. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Staff Sgt. Robert Brown prepares C-4 charge at Vandenberg before placing it in the detonation pit along with explosive staging motors and components of Titan II and Titan IV rockets April 25.  The 250 pounds of C-4 combined with the explosive power of the rocket components resulted in a 400 pound explosion. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Staff Sgt. Robert Brown prepares C-4 charge at Vandenberg before placing it in the detonation pit along with explosive staging motors and components of Titan II and Titan IV rockets April 25. The 250 pounds of C-4 combined with the explosive power of the rocket components resulted in a 400 pound explosion. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Tyler)

Connecting 250 pounds of C-4 together, Senior Airman Anthony Pascoe prepares for a large explosive operation at Vandenberg April 26.  Explosive Ordnance Disposal, a unit of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, disposed of explosive Titan II and Titan IV rocket components.

Connecting 250 pounds of C-4 together, Senior Airman Anthony Pascoe prepares for a large explosive operation at Vandenberg April 26. Explosive Ordnance Disposal, a unit of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, disposed of explosive Titan II and Titan IV rocket components.