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Bush fire in Falklands sets off dangerous .50 caliber rounds explosions

Friday, January 10th 2020 - 10:30 UTC
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No injuries were sustained during the fire “just some blisters - but that's normal,” said fire-fighters showing some of the rounds No injuries were sustained during the fire “just some blisters - but that's normal,” said fire-fighters showing some of the rounds

Fifty calibre rounds exploded in burning bushes as the Falkland Islands Fire and Rescue Service battled a gorse-bush fire in the early hours of January 6. Watch Manager Gene Berntsen told Penguin News this week that the rounds were heard by members of the public exploding before the arrival of the Fire Service and by fire-fighters as they tackled the fire.

No injuries were sustained during the fire “just some blisters - but that's normal,” he said. Showing some of the rounds to PN, he said he had been told by residents there were Argentine gun emplacements nearby the area during the 1982 war.

The Fire Service was called to the area at 4:10am on Monday morning. A report from the service noted that the 999 call was made by a nearby resident who was awoken by the flames. As soon as she became aware, another nearby resident and retained fire fighter ran door to door to warn everyone in the vicinity to evacuate, before running to the Fire Station to join in the fire fighting efforts.

On arrival, crews were faced with a rapidly spreading and hot fire, producing plenty of smoke. It had already jumped the path and as well as heading east and west, was heading south towards the school, with substantial damage to the outside of the Sure administration building.

Crews deployed quickly, wearing breathing apparatus where needed, to contain the fire. Once the spread was controlled, they concentrated on ensuring that all hotspots were out. The

Service worked with PWD, who sent a JCB to dig out an area of gorse to the south to be a fire break if it was needed.

They also worked with the Power and Electrical Section, who identified and isolated any electrical installations in the area that may have been affected, and Sure Falkland Islands to ensure the safety of their buildings. Most Fire Service personnel left the scene before 8am, leaving a few full-time staff on scene to monitor the area.

Since then they have revisited the site throughout the week to dampen down hotspots that have arisen. It is thought the cause of fire was an introduced ignition source, most likely a discarded cigarette. (Penguin News)

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  • BrianFI

    More nonsense from an ignorant Argie that doesn't know what he's talking about. Firstly, the area is not easily accessible and something as small as a bullet could easily be missed. Secondly the school was not there in 1982. Finally you dirty Argies left so much mess, ammunition and booby traps the search will likely never end. Shame on your Argentina

    Jan 13th, 2020 - 05:20 pm +4
  • RMN

    Well to you it is useless but I would call it accuracy.

    No point continuing this conversation though I would sign off by suggesting that if someone came to my garden uninvited and left loads of potentially dangerous items behind, it is they who I would suggest were responsible for the act not me.

    Jan 13th, 2020 - 03:48 pm +3
  • BrianFI

    Argentina wouldn't have found those bullets either.............. because it's literally impossible to locate every single stray bullet. The British forces did an excellent job of clearing up the mess you Argies left behind. A far better job than you Argies would have done

    Jan 13th, 2020 - 05:03 pm +3
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