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Encyclopedia > Vehicle explosion

A vehicle explosion is the destruction of, or damage to, a vehicle caused by an explosion. They may be caused by an accident or be used a weapon. Vehicles are non-living means of transportation. ...

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Use as a weapon

Car bomb

Main article: Car bomb
A car bomb in Iraq, made from a number of concealed artillery shells in the back of a pickup truck.
A car bomb in Iraq, made from a number of concealed artillery shells in the back of a pickup truck.

A car bomb is an improvised explosive device that is placed in a car or other vehicle and then exploded. It is commonly used as a weapon of assassination, terrorism, or guerrilla warfare, to kill the occupant(s) of the vehicle and people near the blast site and/or to cause damage to buildings or other property. Car bombs act as their own delivery mechanisms and can carry a relatively large amount of explosive material without attracting suspicion. Trucks are most commonly used, although motorcycles and even bicycles have also been used to carry bombs. They are sometimes for a suicide attack. A car bomb is an improvised explosive device that is placed in a car or other vehicle and then exploded. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Carbomb. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Carbomb. ... IED is also an abbreviation for Intelligent Electronic Device IED is also an abbreviation for Intermittent explosive disorder A large cache of munitions found in Afghanistan in 2004. ... Assassination is the deliberate killing of an important person, usually a political figure or other strategically important individual. ... Terrorism refers to a strategy of using violence, or threat of violence to generate fear, cause disruption, and ultimately, to bring about compliance with specific political, religious, ideological, and personal demands. ... Look up guerrilla in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Preparing C-4 explosive This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer prepares to offload Å koda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For other meanings, see Truck (disambiguation). ... A 125 cc motorcycle, the Italian-manufactured Cagiva Planet. ... This racing bicycle is built using lightweight, shaped aluminium tubing and carbon fiber stays and forks. ... It has been suggested that Female suicide bomber be merged into this article or section. ...


The earliest car bombs were intended for assassination. These were often wired to the car's ignition system, to explode when the car was started. Ignition triggering is now rare, as it is easy to detect and hard to install – interfering with the circuitry is time-consuming and car alarms can be triggered by drains on the car's electrical system. Also, the target can start the car remotely (inadvertently or otherwise), or the target may be a passenger who is a safe distance away when the ignition starts. It is now more common for assassination bombs to be affixed to the underside of the car and then detonated remotely, by the car's motion, or by other means. The bomb is exploded as the target approaches or starts the vehicle or, more commonly, after the vehicle begins to move, when the target is more likely to be inside. For this reason, guards often check the underside of vehicles with a long mirror mounted on a pole. The ignition system of an internal-combustion engine is an important part of the overall engine system that provides for the timely burning of the fuel mixture within the engine. ... A car alarm is a device installed in a car in an attempt to discourage theft of that car. ...


Kamikaze

Main article: Kamikaze
USS Columbia is attacked by a kamikaze off Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945.
USS Columbia is attacked by a kamikaze off Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945.

Kamikaze is a word of Japanese origin, which in the English language usually refers to suicide attacks carried out by Imperial Japan's military aviators against Allied ships towards the end of the Pacific campaign of World War II, by crashing their planes into warships to stop and block the advancement of Allied shipping towards the Japanese archipelago. Air attacks were the predominant and best-known aspect of a wider use of – or plans for – suicide attacks by Japanese personnel, including soldiers carrying explosives, and boat crews (see Japanese Special Attack Units). Kamikaze pilot Hachiro Hosokawa during World War II. He survived the war, because he belonged to a covering fighter squadron. ... A kamikaze attacking USS Columbia (CL-56) off Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945 Downloaded from [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A kamikaze attacking USS Columbia (CL-56) off Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945 Downloaded from [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The sixth USS Columbia (CL-56) was a light cruiser of the United States Navy, launched 17 December 1941 by New York Shipbuilding Corp. ... Kamikaze pilot Hachiro Hosokawa during World War II. He survived the war, because he belonged to a covering fighter squadron. ... The Lingayen Gulf is an extension of the South China Sea on Luzon in the Philippines. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The ensign of Imperial Japanese Navy was a prominent symbol of Imperial Japan. ... Military aviation is used to attack or defend a country through the sky. ... The group of countries known as the Allies of World War II consisted of those nations opposed to the Axis Powers during the Second World War. ... USS Port Royal (CG-73), a Ticonderoga class cruiser. ... US landings in the Pacific, 1942–1945 The Pacific War was the part of World War II that occurred in the Pacific Ocean, its islands, and in East Asia, 1937 to 1945. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United States United Kingdom and others Axis Powers: Germany Japan Italy and others Commanders Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry S. Truman Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Hideki Tojo Benito Mussolini Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military... Airbus A380 An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... Diagrams of first and third rate warships, England, 1728 Cyclopaedia. ... The Japanese Archipelago which forms the country of Japan extends from north to south along the eastern coast of the Eurasian Continent, the western shore of the Pacific Ocean. ... During the Second World War, Japanese Special Attack Units were specialized units normally used for suicide missions. ...


Since the end of the war, in 1945, the word kamikaze has sometimes been used as a pars pro toto for other kinds of attack in which an attacker is deliberately sacrificed. These include a variety of suicide attacks, in other historical contexts, such as the proposed use of Selbstopfer aircraft by Nazi Germany and various suicide bombings by terrorist organisations around the world, such as the September 11, 2001 attacks. Pars pro toto is Latin for synecdoche, or (taking) a part for the whole. When used in a context of language it means that something is named after a part of it (or after a limited characteristic, in itself not necessarily representative for the whole). ... Selbstopfer (selbst+opfer, German for self-sacrifice) was a late-World War II German project to develop a smart weapon for attacking high-value targets such as bridges and command centers. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... A suicide bombing is an attack using a bomb in which the individual(s) carrying the explosive materials composing the bomb intend(s) and expect(s) to die upon detonation (see suicide). ... A terrorist is one who promotes widespread feelings of overwhelming imminent danger in order to change the mindset of the general populous, usually for political purposes. ... The explosion resulting from the crashing of United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower. ...


Car explosions in film and television

Many films and television programmes overdramatise car explosions, showing them as being far more likely than they actually are. Cars frequently explode after a crash or when being hit by bullets. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The result of excessive speed, this cement truck rolls over into the front garden of a house. ... .357 Magnum cartridges, containing bullets A bullet is a solid projectile propelled by a firearm and is normally made from metal (usually lead). ...


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