Skip to comments.Security concerns after 500 pounds of still-missing explosives stolen from federal bunker
Posted on 05/10/2013 7:55:05 AM PDT by mandaladon
Around the same time the nation was transfixed on the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers last month, thieves on the other side of the country pulled off a little-noticed heist -- swiping 559 pounds of explosives from a federal storage facility in Montana. As of Friday, not one ounce of it has been found. The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related. But it's the latest to raise security concerns in an age when authorities are warning about the desire of violence-bent terrorists to inflict mass casualties with bombs. Rep. Steve Daines, Montana's only congressman, told FoxNews.com he's "deeply concerned" about the theft in his state and will be "closely monitoring" the investigation. The explosives were stolen from a locked U.S. Forest Service bunker near Billings. Thieves took off with various emulsion-type explosives, cast boosters and detonating cord. Federal officials weren't able to point to why the explosives were taken and have downplayed what could happen if they fall into the wrong hands.
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Montana? Sound like the doings of them white supremacy folks out there.
Christian, white, NRA members...
Them crazy preppers...
I’m sure that it will turn out to be a white, Republican, Tea Party militia member wearing camo and ranting about tyranny.
Whatever—wherever, this bit of news is, to say the least, a bit disconcerting........
And the US Forest Service has explosives why?
“Montana? Sounds like the doings of them white supremacy folks..”
My bet is on the Hutterites. Sort of Amish but different. LOL!
The Forest Services uses explosives to help with clearing rock slides, trail construction and restoration, culvert removal and carcass disposal when public safety could conflict with bear activity, said Mariah Leuschen, a spokeswoman for the Custer and Gallatin national forests.
I would have guessed beavers...
It at least seems like they’re trying imply it might be.
“The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related.”
Yeah, sure. Just some farmer using it to blow-up tree stumps in a field.
The chemical supply house merchant walked out with me to record my license plate number.
Big brother is watching.
It is obvious that the perp was a YouTube video maker
DHS stole it to augment their arsenal of 1.6 billion rounds of ammo.
I was curious about what a “cast booster” was. It turns out that it is used a a primer for ANFO, Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil, based explosives.
Nah...just a reinforced division :-)
Yeah, a blasting cap does not have enough energy by itself to reliably set off ANFO. I got some strange looks for happening to know that off the top of my head after the OKC bombing.
*shrug* What can I say, I’m an idea sponge.
Road building contractor helping themselves to keep costs down.
Aren't they already in the wrong hands? They didn't steal them to blow stuff up in their backyard. They've either got a client or a target for these explosives.
I don't know how much weight of explosives translates into blasting power but I think 500 lbs. could make everyone's day bad. How much blast power did the bomb on the 1st WTC blast or the OKC bombing bomber use?
What else are they storing in this place and did stuff disappear that they don't want to mention like military hardware? What's that tube with a rocket in it that was used in "The Enforcer"? Aha, wiki has it and it's called a LAWS rocket. I'd hate to see one of these things in the wrong hands and I don't think it was the local boy scouts who did this.
That being said its not beyond the realm of possibility that this is just a crime of opportunity by some locals who are looking forward to a real good July 4th with Darwin awards to follow.
They blow up dead mooses in Montana? Good grief, what will the wolves eat?
Det cord ? Man , I could use a few hundred yards of that stuff here on the farm!
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