Feeds

ROBOT COP scatters LIVE GRENADES in San Francisco STREET

Then runs them over when they fail to explode

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

In an apparent instance of mindless mechanical nihilism, a police robot in San Francisco scattered live grenades across a street using its mechanical arm. When the deadly frag-bombs failed to explode, the enraged tin cop apparently attempted to detonate them by running them over.

We'll let this vid from local news channel KTVU speak for itself - the grenade-fumbling action begins at about two minutes 30 seconds in.

Apparently the grenades had been found prior to the robot's antics by family members going through the possessions of a recently deceased relative.

San Francisco Police spokesman Lieutenant Troy Dangerfield apparently described the deadly robotic rampage by telling the San Francisco Examiner that "the grenades are being safely disposed of by bomb technicians". ®

Botnote

Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots of this type are remotely controlled by humans, so in fact it is a little unfair to lay the blame on the mechanical cop.

While the handling of such robots is more difficult than it might seem at a casual glance, the SFPD bomb squad certainly didn't cover themselves with glory on this one.

Under British rules, a job dealing with apparently unmodified grenades would count as Conventional Munitions Disposal (CMD) rather than the generally riskier and more uncertain Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD), and an operator would be unlikely to use a robot.

Your correspondent has in fact dealt with several similar jobs - grandad's grenades are a routine task for all EOD operators on the home front.

Lewis Page was an armed forces EOD operator assigned in support of the UK police from 2001 to 2004.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff
Passenger had Something To Declare, instead fiddled while plane burned
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.