Who Placed a Pipe Bomb in a Popular Swimming Hole?

first_imgMost of us don’t expect to find a bomb at our favorite swimming hole or fishing spot. Recently, however, North Carolina authorities were alerted to a makeshift pipe bomb in the Pigeon River.A man called 911 around 1:00pm on Saturday, June 30, after noticing a pipe bomb in a local swimming hole near Sunburst Campground along Lake Logan Road in Haywood County, N.C. (Listen to the audio recording of the 911 call below. The caller’s name has been redacted.)Audio Playerhttps://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Redacted-Sunburst-explosive.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Blue Ridge Outdoors talked to Lindsay Renger, Public Information Officer at the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department, and Lieutenant Joe Silberman, member of the Asheville Police Department Hazardous Device Team (HDT), for more information.Though responding authorities weren’t initially certain exactly how dangerous the bomb could be, the HDT wasted no time in evacuating the campground and recreation area prior to investigating the device. Fortunately, there are no homes or residents live in the area, and the swimming hole isn’t particularly close to any major roads, public areas, or structures. The closest overpass and other portions of nearby roads were completely blocked off during the operation.The bomb itself appeared to be unprofessionally assembled, made from a metal pipe not quite a foot long and about two inches in diameter. According to Lt. Silberman, it had been submerged in the river for some time, but he can’t pinpoint the device’s age or origin.  He said the capabilities of most explosives and propellants aren’t necessarily mitigated by water, and that black powder can be soaked for years and still detonated when dried out completely. Possibly, someone had disposed of the improvised device in the river out of fear, assuming the water would render it useless. Silberman said most people assume incorrectly that anything underwater will eventually disappear, similar to attitudes concerning ordinary garbage or pollution.Once the area had been completely cleared, the HDT used a specialized remote controlled bomb-disposing robot to counter-charge the pipe bomb from a safe distance. Essentially, they introduced a small amount of explosive, which breached the outer layer of the bomb, causing it to detonate under supervision. While the explosion was just as large as it might have been if the bomb were detonated accidentally, Silberman said this method was safer than attempting to dismantle or remove the device. After the detonation, the squad donned light armor and conducted a thorough post-explosion investigation of the area. No one was hurt, and the area was declared safe that evening by 6:00pm. Potential leads concerning the bomb’s origin have since been exhausted, and the case is now officially closed.Lt. Silberman said that no two improvised explosive devices look the same, and if outdoor enthusiasts ever find something that looks particularly suspicious or out of place, they should leave the area immediately and inform local authorities.  “Don’t leave it, don’t touch it, don’t try to set it off, just leave,” he says.  “Whoever found this one did the right thing.”A transcript of the 911 call appears below. Contact the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department if you have any tips or information.Haywood County Police Department 911 call(edited slightly for clarity; caller’s name has been redacted for privacy)Operator (male): “Haywood County 911; where is your emergency?”Caller (male): “It’s up at Sunburst, just past the swimmin’ hole.”O: “Ok, what’s going on?”C: “I’ve found an explosive device.”O: “You found an explosive device?”C: “Homemade explosive device.  I was doing some metal detecting and I picked up about 77 on my scale.  So I reached down and I moved some rocks, and lo and behold, there it was.  Now I took it up out of the water and laid it near the big boulder – there’s some people down there, they know about it, when you guys show up, they’ll point it out and show you where it’s at.”O: “What exactly does [it look like]?”C: “It’s a cast pipe, got a cast body … it’s got black tape wrapped around it, it’s got a green fuse connected to the top … it has not been lit, it’s got a wire connected to it.  I can’t tell … I believe it’s a fuse.”O: “Alright, I’ve got them on the way to you, I’ll tell them to look for you.  Do the best you can, I know you can’t make ‘em, but try to encourage [the people there] to move away from that thing as best you can.”C: “Alright, it’s just past the campground.”O: “Alright, we’ve got them on the way.”C: “Alright, thank you.”last_img read more

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5 reasons your best employees quit

first_img 386SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details They’re not going anywhereOver time, employees get tired of doing the exact same thing day after day. If you’re not moving forward, then you must not be going anywhere. Employees want to feel valued and important, and when you’re not advancing, it’s hard to feel appreciated. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work, there’s no chance to climb the ladder. When that happens, your employees will look elsewhere for growth opportunities.They’re overworkedGood employees are usually capable of doing more work than they are initially asked, but this can become a problem when the workload eventually grows to a level even the best employee can’t handle. When this happens, they get burned out quickly and feel like they’re being taken advantage of. Use raises and title bumps to make sure your hardest working employees feel like they’re getting something in return for all of their hard work.They’re not recognizedAnytime an employee does a great job, you should let them know. Being recognized lets your employees know that they’re doing a great job and it’s also a great motivator. Maybe you can’t afford to hand out bonuses left and right, but you can always speak a few words of appreciation.They don’t feel cared forCulture plays a huge part in keeping employees happy. Money is important, but when its valued more than the people who make profits possible, you’ll have a big problem. It’s not easy to work hard for someone who cares more about your production than your well-being. The more detached you are from your employees personally, the more employees you’ll have to eventually replace.It’s not funWork is business, but it should also be a place your employees want to be. By making your office a little more fun, you’ll have loyal employees that will help add to the positive atmosphere for a long time.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgSociété Générale Securities Services – Jason Nabi has been appointedto the newly created position of head of financial institutions and brokers (FIB) for the UK. Reporting to Guillaume Heraud, global head of business development for financial institutions and brokers, he will be responsible for leading the business development strategy for FIB and its position across this client segment in the UK. He was previously responsible for the strategic business development of Markit’s asset servicing business.Allenbridge – Odi Lahav, chief executive, is totake over the company’s management from Karen Shackleton, currently managing director. Shackleton will, however, continue to handle her own client portfolio.Conning Asset Management – Ben Hamilton has been appointed portfolio manager in London. Hamilton, who will report to Russell Büsst, CAM’s European CIO, will assist senior portfolio managers managing fixed income portfolios for the European client base, and developing CAM’s global bond offering. Hamilton joins from Premier Asset Management, where he was assistant investment manager and research analyst for fixed income and multi-asset funds.GLG Partners – Simon Price has been appointed to the financials team. He will assume the position of asset manager, contributing to global, European and financials long/short strategies and working alongside the existing financials team of David Sanders and Stephen Holliday, with particular focus on stock-picking opportunities in the US and Japanese financials sectors. He joins from Occitan, where he was partner and global sector head for financials and macro analysis. Loyalis, State Street Global Advisors, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Société Générale Securities Services, Allenbridge, Conning Asset Management, GLG Partners Loyalis – Aad van der Klugt is to leave as a board member at Loyalis, the APG subsidiary for additional pension products. His departure follows the slimming down of the company, as a result of a changing life insurance market, as well as the transfer to APG of the Loyalis subsidiary for tailor-made administration (LMA). Van der Klugt’s responsibilities will be assumed by Peter van Wageningen, chairman of the board, and financial director Wim Vliex. State Street Global Advisors – Mark Fortier has been appointed managing director, head of global defined contribution research and product development. Fortier, most recently head of product and partner strategy at Alliance Bernstein, will be responsible for developing products that anticipate plan sponsor needs, working closely with the investment teams across SSGA to bring new DC products to market globally. He will be based in Boston, reporting to Fredrik Axsater, managing director and global head of defined contribution at SSGA.Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change – Peter Damgaard Jensen has been appointed to the board of the IIGCC. Jensen is managing director and chief executive at PKA, and was also chairman of the Danish Insurance Association from 2009 to 2013.last_img read more

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