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Where WWII Shipwrecks Once Sat, Now Nothing

Divers removing entire shipwrecks for their scrap metal: Guardian

(Newser) - The telling sign is a crane barge floating above. Once its divers inspect the shipwreck below, they lower explosives that rip it to shreds of steel, copper, and brass. This is how as many as 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships from World War II—which also serve... More »

Man Survives After 7K-Pound Piece of Metal Crushes His Van

Authorities are saying it's basically a miracle

(Newser) - Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, was exiting a Florida interstate on Saturday morning at the same time Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, was driving a Mack truck loaded with scrap metal on the overpass above him. Wharton lost control of the truck going around the curve and it overturned, dumping a 7,... More »

Afghan Soldiers Fire Weapons Just to Sell Spent Ammo for Scrap

Ammo that the US paid more than $300M for in 2015

(Newser) - The US spent more than $300 million on ammunition for the Afghan army and police in 2015. So where'd that ammo end up? Mostly in scrapyards, apparently. Reuters reports Afghan soldiers and police are selling the casings from spent ammo to scrap dealers, from whom they can get more... More »

Cops: Man Decapitated, Mutilated 300-Pound Statue

Its head and feet were found in a pit

(Newser) - The torso of a legendary UC Berkeley crew coach was found in the back of a pickup truck Saturday in San Leandro, California, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , his head and feet were found in a pit nearby. Oh, we should mention it was... More »

Thieves Stealing Storm Grates for Scrap Metal

Theft creating safety hazard, officials warn

(Newser) - The theft of metal storm drain grates has become a major problem in communities across the US, costing hard-up local governments thousands and creating a serious safety hazard, USA Today finds. The grates, which weigh around 250 pounds, cover drains that often have a drop of more than 10 feet,... More »

'Cash for Clunkers' Polluted America: Report

Federal program left millions of tons of waste in junkyards

(Newser) - "Cash for Clunkers" made America cleaner, right? Not according to a report that says the scrapping of old vehicles left a shocking amount of twisted metal in junkyards—some 3 million to 4.5 million tons of waste, RawStory reports. The feds touted the program as pro-green because Americans... More »

Exxon Valdez's Final Journey Hits Speed Bump

India refuses ship entry

(Newser) - The Exxon Valdez will live a few days longer. Though the infamous ship, now dubbed the Oriental Nicety, was sold for scrap in March , India—the country that was to dismantle it—won't let it in. India's supreme court ruled that it must be decontaminated prior to dismantling,... More »

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