​Half-Ton Bomb Neutralized in a Special Operation by Rescue Workers

Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

The explosive remained in a residential building for three months before extraction

Emergency Service of Ukraine finally managed to extract a 500-kilogram explosive left by russian invaders on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

The FAB-500 air bomb was dropped by a russian aircraft on a residential area called Saltivka on March 19. The next day, rescuers took the trigger out from the bomb, so it was deactivated.

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State Emergency Service of Ukraine / FAB-500 air bomb
This is not the first time a powerful dumb bomb is used on residential areas. Fab-500 bombs were neutralized by emergency workers at least six times, let alone smaller ones / Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

But they couldn’t set up extraction due to hostilities and repeated shelling of Kharkiv by advancing russian forces. As result, the bomb remained half-buried inside the roof of a high-rise building for three months.

"Now it is relatively calm in the city now which allowed us to do our job. As you can see, it required quite a significant amount of time," said a pyrotechnician as a crane was working beside him.

State Emergency Service of Ukraine / FAB-500 air bomb / KrAZ-6322 PM-V special heavy rescue vehicle
This is the Ukrainian-made KrAZ-6322 PM-V special heavy rescue vehicle designed for rescue operations in disaster sites and, of course, for demining operations / Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Along with time, the works require the use of heavy equipment, noted in the press center’s note: a special rescue vehicle, a forklift, a pyrotechnic vehicle, and a heavy truck crane were involved in the "high-risk operation", as well as about ten pyrotechnicians and rescuers.

"FAB-500 is a super-powerful unguided high-explosive bomb carrying 300 kg of explosive material. It could have destroyed the whole house, but fortunately it wasn’t triggered," reads the note.
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