Peacebomb artisans do not work with any live explosives. Aluminum bomb scrap metal we use has either detonated during war time explosions or more recentcontrolled detonations from bomb removal professionals. Because of their light weight, aluminum bombs had a better detonation rate than their iron counterparts. Each lot varies in material source including a mix of non-war and war scrap aluminum such as: the dispenser tube of BLU, stabilization fin of CBU, flare mortar of 60mm, fin of mortar 81mm ILL, part of RGP7, cap of BLU-3B, flare tube, magazine of M16 gun, fighter jet, large cluster bomb case.
In 2009, ARTICLE22, MAG and Swiss NGO, Helvetas did three things. First, educated stakeholders against risky behavior and about different types of scrap metal, classified as exploded or unexploded. Next, got the commitment of stakeholders to engage in peer to peer training for anyone along the supply chain that did not receive metal training. Third, got the agreement of artisan and foundry stakeholders not to accept any metal considered dangerous, therefore dis-incentivizing collectors to touch unexploded ordnance.
No. Many bombs were made from iron. Naphia artisans use aluminum metal because it has a lower melting point making it possible to liquefy in their homemade earthen kilns. Because most aluminum bombs detonated on impact, there is a higher prevalence of unexploded iron bombs.