- Time bomb
A time bomb (or timebomb, time-bomb) is an
improvised explosive devicewith a timerso that it can be set to detonateany time.
Construction and usage
The explosive charge is the main component of any bomb, and makes up most of the size and weight of it. It is the damaging element of the bomb (along with any fragments or
shrapnelthe deflagration might produce with its container or neighboring objects).
Timers can vary from wind-up
alarm clocks to cheap wrist watches and even notebook computers.
The detonator is the source of
heatthat will start the combustion (or chain reactionin case of nuclear explosives). It is itself an explosive, with a lower ignition pointthan the main explosive charges.
List of notable incidents involving time bombs
December 11, 1994, Philippine Airlines Flight 434, a Boeing 747-283B, was flying its second leg, from Cebuto Tokyo, when a time bomb exploded, killing one passenger. The rest of the passengers and the crew survived. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Naha Airport, Okinawa, 1 hour after the bomb exploded. The bomb was made of a Casio digital watchas the timer and a bottle of liquid nitroglycerinas the explosive. It was planted under seat 26K by Al-Qaedamember Ramzi Yousef, who boarded the flight under the alias Armaldo Forlani. He planted the time bomb on the first leg from Manillato Cebu, and left the plane at Cebu with 25 other passengers. The bomb exploded 4 hours after being planted. Yousef was arrested 2 months later in Pakistan.
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In popular culture
Time bombs are very common in action/thriller
TV series, cartoons, filmsand video games, where heroes often escape the blast area or defusethe bombs at the very last second (often performing a spectacular stunt).
Such fictional appearances include:
Knight Rider", " MacGyver", "", "24", " Neighbour", and " Sonic X" on television;
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Battle Royale", "" and " New Police Story" in film;
Counter-Strike", " Sonic Adventure 2", ', ', "" and " Trauma Center Second Opinion" in video games; and
The Old 97's, Chumbawamba, Godsmack, The Format, Demolition Hammer, Buckcherry, The Dismemberment Plan, Faber Driveand Becktitled "Time bomb" or "Timebomb".
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