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Posted: 10/26/2013 4:53:44 PM EST
A friend of mine ordered two cases of MREs from a trusted ebayer he's done a lot of business with in the past. When he checked out the status of it on the usps website it had been held at a post office for 4 days. Shortly after he received a call from the seller. He said he was notified by usps that they declared the package "undeclared hazardous materials" due to the heaters. The kicker is... the two cases were inside an old computer box. Is something like this normal? The post office would have had to open the box to see that there were MREs inside. Apparently he will not get them back.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:55:14 PM EST
Interesting. How did they find out, unless one of the heaters got hot?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:56:23 PM EST
I would be surprised. We can carry cases of them on our jets without any special handling,
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:00:11 PM EST
I am going to guess the box broke open during transit and that was how they found them.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:04:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 5:04:19 PM EST by oarlock]
I ordered a package of wads for a 44 black powder revolver and the package was opened by the PO. under xray,I guess the wads looked like pills. They are snooping everywhere.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:06:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BeerPimp:
I am going to guess the box "broke open during transit" and that was how they found them.
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Lol, I doubt it.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:07:34 PM EST
yeah packages can and do get inspected. Surprise.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:09:09 PM EST
Fuck the USPS

FBHO
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:10:10 PM EST
I'd be pissed. I would assume some guy will end up taking them home. I've never heard of the heaters being activated on their own. Just to be clear, the boxes were all brand new 2016 insp dates, unopened.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:13:20 PM EST
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I am going to guess the box broke open during transit and that was how they found them.
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We found the postman.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:15:31 PM EST
The only restrictions on the heaters, are the heaters by themselves, if they are packaged in the meals sealed up, there is no restrictions. My guess is, they got opened, and someone seen the "gov property" BS on the meals/cases.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:16:29 PM EST
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We found the postman.
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Originally Posted By BeerPimp:
I am going to guess the box broke open during transit and that was how they found them.


We found the postman.

Did he break open during transit?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:16:52 PM EST
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Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:17:35 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:36:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BeerPimp:
I am going to guess the box broke open during transit and that was how they found them.
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Mre's are hard to open...
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:38:21 PM EST
Dog hit?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:10:00 PM EST
They found out what was in the box because of this...

THIS was a camera tripod....


Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:14:05 PM EST
x-ray
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:18:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AFSOC:
They found out what was in the box because of this...

THIS was a camera tripod....

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFSOC/DSC_4011.jpg
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Looks about right....wait, - where's the 3rd leg?

J/K....that's EFFED
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:19:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 6:19:18 PM EST by Hollywood_Shooter]
double tap
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:21:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2013 6:22:03 PM EST by brich2929]
UPS or FEDX from now on...

and they wonder why USPS is losing money.

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:21:34 PM EST
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The post office x-rays a lot of stuff. That's probably how.

BTW> the heaters are a real hazard. Some fires have occurred in storagge units because of them.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:27:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AFSOC:
They found out what was in the box because of this...

THIS was a camera tripod....

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFSOC/DSC_4011.jpg
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I had two $1k+ RC gliders show up like that from USPS, finally got the shipper to do a UPS overnight and received one in one piece.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:38:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
The post office x-rays a lot of stuff. That's probably how.

BTW> the heaters are a real hazard. Some fires have occurred in storagge units because of them.
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Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:45:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By southeast_scrounger:
Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
The post office x-rays a lot of stuff. That's probably how.

BTW> the heaters are a real hazard. Some fires have occurred in storagge units because of them.


http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m606/mark99901/AR15/wat_zpsb972d904.jpg



http://portablefiregel.com/uploads/FRH_FIRE_HAZARD_MAY_2013.pdf

There are also some pretty exciting Youtube videos out there.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:58:32 PM EST
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http://portablefiregel.com/uploads/FRH_FIRE_HAZARD_MAY_2013.pdf

There are also some pretty exciting Youtube videos out there.
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Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
Originally Posted By southeast_scrounger:
Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
The post office x-rays a lot of stuff. That's probably how.

BTW> the heaters are a real hazard. Some fires have occurred in storagge units because of them.


http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m606/mark99901/AR15/wat_zpsb972d904.jpg



http://portablefiregel.com/uploads/FRH_FIRE_HAZARD_MAY_2013.pdf

There are also some pretty exciting Youtube videos out there.


That advertisement seems to reference individual meal pouches, not cases in transport. I still call BS.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:00:34 PM EST
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That advertisement seems to reference individual meal pouches, not cases in transport. I still call BS.
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Originally Posted By southeast_scrounger:
Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
Originally Posted By southeast_scrounger:
Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
The post office x-rays a lot of stuff. That's probably how.

BTW> the heaters are a real hazard. Some fires have occurred in storagge units because of them.


http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m606/mark99901/AR15/wat_zpsb972d904.jpg



http://portablefiregel.com/uploads/FRH_FIRE_HAZARD_MAY_2013.pdf

There are also some pretty exciting Youtube videos out there.


That advertisement seems to reference individual meal pouches, not cases in transport. I still call BS.



Call BS all you want. The information is there. I'm not going to look past the first couple hits on Google. If you really want to know why the OP's package was intercepted, ask the Post Office.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:12:51 PM EST
I bought a box of MREs from the EE and it arrived at my house by USPS with just the shipping label taped to the original mre box.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 1:23:57 AM EST
MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
The heating component is hazardous material if the MRE package has been opened and the heating unit not used.
After they have been discharged (adding water) they are no longer hazardous and can be thrown away.
Do not bring unused heating units back to the home facility.

This is from the US Forest Service Logistics Power Point.

Shouldn't be HAZMAT if the MRE is unopened.
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