Russian Artillery Crew’s ‘Controlled’ Avalanche Not So Controlled

By John McAdams via

Using explosions to start an avalanche under controlled conditions is a common practice all over the world, including in the United States. However, these Russian Army Soldiers in North Ossetia got a little more than they bargained for when using their heavy artillery to trigger an avalanche.


  1. What do you expect? Their Russian’s.

  2. avatar Vhyrus says:

    In Soviet Russia, Ava launches YOU!

    …that sounded funnier in my head.

    *Goes back to drinking

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Me too. I drink to your leg.

      Sorry, I was watching Jaws. Again.

      1. avatar BLAMMO says:

        I watched it 3 times yesterday. And I’m DVRing it on Tuesday.

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Coffe… All over the place. That was funny

  3. avatar Virginia Gunner says:

    I could probably spend hours being entertained by YouTube videos of things in Russian that did not go as planned. Screw ups with cranes and heavy equipment especially.

    Every time I start to think Northern Virginia drivers must be the worst anywhere, I think of all the dash cam videos from Russia, and I feel a little more fortunate.

  4. avatar george from fort worth says:

    thank God they are russians. we need more like them.

  5. avatar Sixpack70 says:


    1. avatar george from fort worth says:

      it’s greek to me.

      1. avatar Nate says:

        I believe he said “Fool!”

        1. avatar george from fort worth says:

          might have.

          my comment was meant as irony; russian cryillic alphabet was adapted from the greek. so i brushed-off an old saying to point out that i can’t make heads or tails of the comment.

        2. avatar Richard McEnroe says:

          I remember just enough Russian from my old writing buddy’s family to realize the one genius is yelling, “It’s coming here!”

  6. avatar JWM says:

    Somebody phucked off the 4 rules.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      The rules don’t exactly cover what happens after the *boom*…

  7. avatar Fer Morales says:

    “Guys. I think we fucked up…” at the 0:43 mark

  8. avatar SteveM says:

    Slow news day?

  9. avatar Jacob McMerth says:

    I was wondering what that loud boom I heard 4 years ago was. Thanks!

  10. avatar Mk10108 says:

    F YEAH….go BIG or go home.

  11. avatar Anaxis says:


  12. avatar Tom W. says:

    Vladimir, hold my Vodka, watch this.

  13. avatar Carry.45 says:

    The best part is the guy giggling when he realizes that he may be in danger.

  14. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    This is why only agents of the Soviet State should be allowed to have guns.

  15. avatar Rambeast says:

    Sasha, hold my wodka, and watch this…

  16. avatar engineear says:


  17. avatar Mark Lee says:

    The Alta, Utah ski patrol perfected avalanche control by using explosives and learned to size them accordingly to produce controlled release of accumulated snowpack, and they learned to release pressure gradually rather than all at once. Putting a smaller charge at the bottom half of the slope would have allowed a “dam” to collect at the bottom, well before it approached the power lines, road and structures, which would stop the snow from the top from reaching the improved areas after setting off a smaller charge up top.

    What a country of dangerous dumbasses. I did enjoy the flash of electricity when the snow hit the power lines. The sight of the men slowly backing up a step or two when the snow was getting closer is especially telling of their collective ignorance.

  18. avatar Todd S says:

    I’m glad nobody was hurt, but leave it to the Russians to make things go wildly out of control.

    And Happy Independence Day!

  19. avatar Tominator says:

    Oh boy….the Ruskies know more about snow than any country on earth and are quite adept at handling it…

    But it’s ‘not nice to fool[with]mother nature!’

    Do not ‘judge’ any more that that.

  20. avatar Taro Tsujimoto says:

    What Florida is to America, Russia is to Earth.

    1. avatar Dustin says:

      That’s why we call it Floriduh…

  21. avatar Dustin says:

    You don’t move avalanche, avalanche moves you!

  22. avatar C says:

    Best job in the world.

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