Exploding Pumpkins

Halloween’s over, and Thanksgiving preparations will soon give way to new decorations involving candy canes and jingle bells. But what do you do with all the leftover pumpkins?  

The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight came up with one creative solution for the former holiday staple: blowing them up.

Was this a means to save money during sequestration? Was it another way to return the gourds to the soil in an environmentally conscious way? Or what if they simply hated pumpkins?

Regardless of the background, flight leaders said the inclusion of the pumpkins aided in fulfilling upgrade and annual training requirements.

To begin, Airmen came ready to ruck three miles in the elements all the way to their range.


Once there, they proceeded with training, or in this case, blowing up the pumpkins. Instructors showed Airmen how to set up the explosives by cutting the C-4 down to size.


With the C-4 cut, they prepared the former potential jack-o-lanterns and placed them in a designated area on the range.

Suddenly … the silence around the trail is pierced by “FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!” As surprising as the shout and its words could have been, the following “BO-O-O-O-O-O-OM” could only mean one thing…

Death to Pumpkins!!!!!


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