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Army Combat Engineer Versus a Beaver Dam

Jake Yard

Jake Yard served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a combat engineer and though retired now, he hasn't stopped using his skills to blow things this beaver dam he custom designed a Sonic Boom mixture for. Can you guess who came out on top?

Beavers are known for their engineering prowess, which is fine in wilderness areas, but the dam in this video was constructed in an Illinois farmer's drainage creek.

As a result of the unwanted structure, water was backing up into the farmer's fields, the stream was filling up with silt, and flow for the livestock downstream was choked back.

It had to go.

Jake set out building the charge with a homebrew that included Sonic Boom powder encased in a water-tight tube. He and demo team members Noah, Anthony and Kyle dug the tube into the center of the beaver dam and set a propane tank behind it on the upstream side...just for extra punch.

They set off the package with a round from his .223. Watch a three-camera perspective of the devastation.

There's no doubt there was enough wallop in that setup to blow the dam clean out of the water...and if there was any doubt, the wave of increased flow coming downstream should have washed that away in short order.

Jake reports that the creek is now clear of obstruction in that area and that his team finished the day with the same number of fingers they started with.

There's been no word on whether the beaver that built the dam regained its hearing.


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Army Combat Engineer Versus a Beaver Dam