See the Difference Between Pipe Bombs and Pressure Cooker Bombs

Pipe bombs add a new dimension to the threat. We
asked Van Romero of New Mexico Tech University about
that. In a device like this, you don’t have enough room to pack it with shrapnel, so the pipe
itself is the shrapnel. While a pressure cooker bomb is packed
with shrapnel, in a pipe bomb there’s not enough space. The pipe itself, is the shrapnel.l But less space means more pressure. Its
smaller, so there’s less gun powder there, but it does a
better job of confining the pressure. In a Pipe bomb, pressures can build up a little bit higher and create higher velocity. “Stand by, charged” The best view is up close with the high
speed camera. [Explosion] This big piece, look how that tumbles as it comes out. That really is lethal. The slow-motion reveals that although
the fireball is smaller, shrapnel from the pipe bomb is moving
faster than the pressure cooker bomb. But with less shrapnel, the pipe bomb does less overall damage. The larger the device, the more lethal. But, the danger with this is, it’s easy to conceal. The pipe bomb may have less impact, but it is much easier to hide.

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