Explosive Weapons

Book review: Napalm, by Robert Neer

The iconic image of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc taken during the Vietnam war in 1972 sums up the horror of a napalm strike. Photo: AP

It's one of the most notorious weapons of the 20th century, yet beyond its role in the Vietnam war, napalm is little known - both in its origins and nature, and in its use in warzones before and since that decade-long conflict.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 4:31pm

After orbiting space lab, China wants an undersea one

Imagine, for a moment, that the year is 2034, and China has just declared ownership of a massive copper mine deep below the surface of the Western Pacific.

Although the site was first discovered and repeatedly explored by robotic submersibles from other countries, China is the first to send a manned vessel to the depths.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The man who juggles life in three places

George Jay Hambro, a former investment banker and the son of a stockbroker turned mining magnate, shuttles between his home in London, iron ore mines in Russia, corporate offices in Hong Kong and steel mills on the mainland.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. combat ships sail into troubled seas

The US and Singapore are in the advanced stages of talks to finalise the deployment of highly advanced new warships to the city state - an unprecedented move that analysts in China believe will target the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Warship of the future to make waves

It can secretly hug shallow-water coastlines at fast speeds, release special forces and deploy submarine-hunting drones. The littoral combat ship is the newest and most advanced vessel in the US and could soon be based permanently in Singapore.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Three die in bomb attack at mine office

Three people were killed yesterday when a man tied a detonator to his body, ran into an office building at a Shanxi coal mine and ignited it, China News Service reported.

Police refused to identify any of the three killed in the blast, which occurred at the Zhenxing Coal Mine in Yu county at about 4.30pm.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

It may be time to raise mining tragedy payouts

The tragedy at Shanxi province's Gujiao Tunlan Coal Mine on Sunday has been a rude shock for authorities. An exemplary safety record over the past five years had given them cause to hail the operation as a model for the disaster-prone mining sector.

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Youth blows off his fingers while making grenade

Teenager's experiment with paper caps goes horribly wrong

A teenager lost the fingers of his left hand and forced the evacuation of about 300 residents of an apartment building after setting off an explosion while making a home-made grenade.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Fresh is best for Kimberley

Andy Leung Ting-wah has waited until the final night of 2007-08 to produce his best training performance, but nine-year-old Kimberley Mines can keep a brilliant fresh record intact by winning the Cricket Club Valley Stakes (1,000m) tonight.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Wartime bomb empties Stanley school

Pupils at St Stephen's College Preparatory School in Stanley were evacuated yesterday when workmen on the campus dug up a British wartime bomb. The bomb was about 60cm underground. Police evacuated 180 pupils, as well as staff and parents attending a school conference, and cordoned off Wong Ma Kok Path. The bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion at 9pm.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

800 evacuated after wartime bomb found

More than 800 people were evacuated when an unexploded second world war bomb was unearthed at a site at North Point yesterday.

Police received a call from construction workers at a Water Supplies Department site near Summit Court in Tin Hau Temple Road saying they had found a suspicious object in the ground at 1.30pm.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Risky business

'He didn't make a professional error, he just ran out of luck,' said the Hong Kong bomb squad's chief, Dominic Brittain, of former stalwart Norman 'Bomber' Hill.

Mr Brittain's comments came as he reflected on the night in 1971 that Hill - arguably the squad's most famous member - had his right hand blown off.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Workers uncover second cache of ammunition in Tonkin Street

Wartime bombs and ammunition was unearthed in a drainage construction site in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday, just a metre away from a trench where 588 second world war bombs and grenades were found three weeks ago.

28 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Tread carefully

A huge cache of second world war bombs and grenades was unearthed a metre beneath a bustling Kowloon street on Saturday, sparking the evacuation of residents until the devices were destroyed in a series of controlled explosions the same night.

11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

War arsenal detonated in Kowloon

Hundreds of British bombs uncovered in Cheung Sha Wan, some too dangerous to move

A huge cache of second world war bombs and grenades was unearthed a metre beneath a bustling Kowloon street yesterday, sparking the evacuation of residents until the devices were destroyed in a series of controlled explosions last night.

9 Apr 2006 - 12:00am