During my impoverished college years I had friends who regularly went “dumpster diving” late at night in the dumpsters behind supermarkets to find fruit and vegetables which had been thrown out that evening. I never joined them. I was not as hungry as they were. Years later I think I might have missed out finding some really nifty junk in the trash. The Metro.co.uk reports on a MANPAD launcher found in a Canadian dumpster …
The military-grade weapon appeared in a recycling bin in Victoria, British Columbia, leaving local residents stumped as to how it got there.
Staff at Hartland recycling landfill called Saanich Police as they were ‘concerned it may be usable’, Sgt Steve Eassie said.
‘At this point it is inert; it is no longer housing what was once a rocket inside the missile launcher,’ he added.
Police have said the ‘Guided Missile System Intercept’ is around four feet long and weighs less than ten pounds (4.5kg).
They believe the weapon was designed to be fired once and it would have been used by the US military to take down aircraft in the 1960s and 70s.
Those sneaky Canadians to the north pretend they don’t have as many guns as us but now we know they are closet gun loving nuts I can understand why someone would want to secretly dispose of an illegal weapon, but I can’t understand why they would put it in with the recycling. Are there free recycling dumpsters in Canada? Maybe they were trying to save a few dollars.
The MANPAD is a General Dynamics FIM-43 Redeye. Dating back to the Vietnam War these single use missile launchers were used by the US Military and allies until it was replaced in the 80s by the Stinger missile system. Canada never adopted it, how it ended up in Canada is a mystery.
Many thanks to Karin for the link and info.