May 18, 2004

Rocket launcher found at MARTA station in Atlanta

A spent rocket launcher was found near the H.E. Holmes MARTA station on Atlanta's west side this afternoon.

Local police and the FBI said that since it was already spent, there was no threat to the public, but of course, they want to know (hell, I wanna know!) where it came from.

The big kick is that the location where they found the ordinance was less than a quarter mile from Interstate 20, just inside I-285. Also, the MARTA tracks are adjacent to a freight line, which is used by military transport trains among others.

I may be pulling the tin-foil on a bit tight here, but my wife and I travel that stretch of the freeway every day. As you can imagine, the pucker factor went up a notch.

Posted by mhking at May 18, 2004 11:02 PM

re: 18 May 04 - not to be a nitpicker, but I guess I will be - it's ORDNANCE not ORDINANCE.

Just though I would let you know, sir.

Good 'blog.

Posted by: Zachary Tucker at May 19, 2004 12:02 PM

Not a problem; I'm glad folks are enjoying the page!

Posted by: mhking at May 19, 2004 01:02 PM

If the news reports from last night are correct, this is not the "rocket launcher" that everyone thinks it is. The picure shows an AT-4 which is a fire and toss 84mm anti-tank/anti-bunker weapon. What was actually found was an AT-4 tracer trainer which fires a small 9mm tracer round. Allow the soldier to experience the heft, weight, and action of the actual weapon without wasting all the money to sling the 84mm rounds downrange.

BTW, love your site. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Barry at May 19, 2004 10:14 PM
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