Had a friend who was EOD, he was a moron, but I guess he knew his stuff since he was a rather young gunny.
He basicaly said everything people know about bombs is wrong, almost every modern explosive, requires a det cap, otherwise they might blow up on their own. Even the amfoll bombs that are the most common form and easiest to create require an initial detonation, like a primer cap or some other highly “volatile” actually “explosive” force to initiate detonation.
So, if you want to “defuse” a bomb? remove the caps, and remove the triggers, don’t get dental tools don’t get anything else, just grab the caps and yank those effers out, and run the hell away. If you can recognize the trigger, grab the trigger and run away.
Though generaly, the way you handle unexploded ordinance, is to get everyone the hell out of the way, and have someone with a high rifle quall and shoot it with an incendiary round, or you set up a strip of a controlled explosive, and det it from a distance.
Bomb makers aren’t macguyver, they are more like creative dorks.
I believe it, he wasn’t a ninja, but you know he did it.
( I mention macguyver cuz there was an episode where only Macguyver was as qualified as a bomb disposal person as the person who created the bomb, and one of the students of the bomb maker created one of these complicated “vacuum seal” chamber on a destroyer or something like that, where the “student” vaccummed out some purple powder, only to change the balance of the rube goldbergian bomb that he was trying to defuse, when he probably could have just pulled the actual explosive out of the contained chamber, I’m just saying)
Update: CURSES!! sorry about that, I’m just saying that all of this “Highly sophisticated” stuff we have been hearing about for years is generaly not really highly sophisticated, if it were, the bombers could actually kill someone they were aiming for. Sorry about that.