Disclaimer: Despite the evacuations, I know of no serious danger to the area. Think responsibly. For those of you who enjoy occasional recreational paranoia, what follows is a dark look at possible concerns.
The biggest may be depleted uranium rounds. If that’s what was going off for a minute or two in the crash fire, I’d leave town. It’s nasty, DU amo. The government downplays the danger, but it leaves a radioactive dust where it is used, and can make an area dangerous to life basically forever. The half-life of one of the isotopes is about 4.4 billion years. The dust emits alpha particles, and if ingested or breathed can kill cells and cause cancer. Each alpha particle emitted by a radioactive source knocks about 450,000 electrons out of the surrounding atoms.
F-16C fighters can be (but aren’t necessarily) armed with armor piercing rounds described as “an aluminum alloy charged with an incendiary composition.” Sounds like DU. Just speculating, but I can’t imagine what else it could be.
They may have been evacuating people because of missiles, or the rocket fuel.
(F-16) Armament: one M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods
Here’s the article about the crash:
April 5, 2017
Residents of a suburban Washington neighborhood say their house shook when a fighter jet crashed nearby.
Air Force officials said in a statement Wednesday that the D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was flying with other aircraft when it crashed southwest of Joint Base Andrews. Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady tweets that the pilot, who ejected from the plane, is in good condition.
The plane went down in woods behind a small subdivision of two-story brick homes in Clinton. Brady says the plane crashed about 200 yards from homes, but no injuries or damage was reported on the ground.
Tyrone Wolridge and his wife, Tina, say it felt like an earthquake and they saw a plume of smoke.
Crystal Hollingsworth says she heard a “huge crash” followed by the sound of “live rounds” that seemed like they lasted for “a minute or two.”
The military says a fighter jet pilot on a training mission ejected safely before the aircraft crashed a few miles from the U.S. capital.
Air Force officials said in a statement Wednesday that the D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was flying with other aircraft when it crashed in a wooded area in Clinton, a Washington suburb that’s about 6 miles (nearly 10 kilometers) southwest of Joint Base Andrews.
Officials say the pilot, the only person on board, sustained injuries that aren’t thought to be life-threatening.
Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady tells WRC-TV that a pilot parachuted out of the aircraft and was picked up by a military helicopter. Brady says homes in the area are being evacuated. There are no other reports of injuries.
Is this incident the day before related?
Air Force: F-16C fighter jet makes emergency landing at Ohio base
Apr 4, 2017 01:46 PM
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – An Air Force base spokesman says an F-16C fighter jet had to make an emergency landing in Ohio because of a hydraulic leak. … The fighter wing is a unit of the Ohio Air National Guard.
Hydrazine has no smell and is extremely carcinogenic. It is said to be highly toxic and dangerously unstable unless handled in solution.
Hydrazine can be absorbed into the body in harmful or fatal amounts by ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. Contact can cause extensive irritation or burns to the skin and eyes. Exposure to large single doses or small repeated doses of hydrazine may cause death, temporary blindness, dizziness, nausea, or damage to internal organs, including the central nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, or blood forming system.
The point is, if an F-16 crashes anywhere near you, don’t take “selfies” in front of it. Cover your nose and mouth with a moist cloth and get miles away, then stay away for billions of years.
Odds are low that you’ll ever need to know this, but true strange things happen every day.