Engineers studying pressure cooker bombs
Updated: Tuesday, April 23 2013, 08:26 AM EDT
NEW MEXICO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Investigators are working with pressure cooker bombs to see just how devastating they can be.
Experts from New Mexico Tech are replicating and detonating the bombs at a remote desert testing ground.
One bomb, turned into thousands of weapons, scattered more than a hundred yards.
Instead of nails they filled the pot with nuts from a hardware store. They shot out like bullets, piercing the plywood.
Engineers studying the blast say there's a lesson for first responders, like being aware of the shrapnel being very hot and very sharp.
But for potential bystanders, awareness of your surroundings could be the only defense.