- Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) account for about half of the U.S. soldier casualties in Iraq.
- The number of IED attacks has steadily risen in Afghanistan since 2003.
- The number of IED attacks taking place in Afghanistan averages 1300-1500 each month.
- The Joint IED Defeat Organization is responsible for countering the threat of IED attacks with its $2.8 billion annual budget.
- Scientists have had success with initial tests of a new nanomaterial spray that detects and neutralizes terrorist explosives.
- In an effort to combat recent deadly bomb attacks, Russian officials have created a bomb-proof toilet that is virtually indestructible.
- The earliest gunpowder was a mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), sulfur, and charcoal (carbon). It is thought to have originated in China around the tenth century and was used in fireworks and signals.
- The first safety fuse was invented in 1831 by William Bickford, an English leather merchant. His invention made black powder explosives safer, and thus more practical.
September 29, 2011
Bombproof My Pickup Facts