Happy Exploding Whale Week!

It seemed like a good idea at the time!

I might have alluded to this event in the distant past. Let's just say that there was a large dead whale on a beach that needed to be disposed of. Someone had the bright idea to blow it up into smaller pieces. What was missed was the estimated blast zone of whale blubber that actually could have killed people, but fortunately did not. 

For better or worse, the entire event was video recorded, so there is a visual record of what happened. See the story below celebrating 50 years of experience (no one has tried this solution since) and a restored copy of the video for your watching enjoyment.

"Oregon Historical Society Has Released Newly Restored Footage of That Time State Officials Blew Up a Dead Whale"

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.