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Security concerns after 500 pounds of still-missing explosives stolen from federal bunker
Fox News ^ | 10 May 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty

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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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: government; terror
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.................Seems like SOP for the Obama administration.
1 posted on 05/10/2013 7:55:05 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Montana? Sound like the doings of them white supremacy folks out there.


2 posted on 05/10/2013 7:57:14 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: mandaladon
Missing explosives and other weapons made in the U.S. or under the guard of U.S. security forces, have mysteriously disappeared from multiple locations across the world -- most recently in Kuwait. The Interior Ministry said last month thieves broke into an unguarded warehouse and took 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles. Also lifted were 15,000 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistols...............20,000 Assault rifles??? that's enough to arm a small army!
3 posted on 05/10/2013 7:57:45 AM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon

Christian, white, NRA members...


4 posted on 05/10/2013 7:57:58 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: mandaladon
“The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related.” Only one entity has declared war against us, islamic terrorists, yet they're never suspected of anything.
5 posted on 05/10/2013 7:58:57 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Second American Revolution)
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To: mandaladon

Them crazy preppers...


6 posted on 05/10/2013 7:59:04 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: mandaladon

I’m sure that it will turn out to be a white, Republican, Tea Party militia member wearing camo and ranting about tyranny.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 7:59:42 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Whatever—wherever, this bit of news is, to say the least, a bit disconcerting........


8 posted on 05/10/2013 7:59:52 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: mandaladon

And the US Forest Service has explosives why?


9 posted on 05/10/2013 8:03:10 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: rktman

“Montana? Sounds like the doings of them white supremacy folks..”

My bet is on the Hutterites. Sort of Amish but different. LOL!


10 posted on 05/10/2013 8:04:02 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: b4its2late

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.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/atf-offers-reward-in-red-lodge-explosives-theft/article_ed989256-9bbf-5f2e-b5b4-5fc7bd513532.html#ixzz2Su1GYHvA

I would have guessed beavers...


11 posted on 05/10/2013 8:06:25 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: rktman

It at least seems like they’re trying imply it might be.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 8:06:41 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: mandaladon

“The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related.”

Yeah, sure. Just some farmer using it to blow-up tree stumps in a field.


13 posted on 05/10/2013 8:16:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: mandaladon
Somewhat reminds me of an episode I had in buying a highly accurate Ohaus Triple Beam Balance for an in-house design project.

The chemical supply house merchant walked out with me to record my license plate number.

Big brother is watching.

14 posted on 05/10/2013 8:23:26 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: mandaladon

It is obvious that the perp was a YouTube video maker


15 posted on 05/10/2013 8:28:43 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: mandaladon

DHS stole it to augment their arsenal of 1.6 billion rounds of ammo.


16 posted on 05/10/2013 8:31:29 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: mandaladon

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.

Interesting, No?


17 posted on 05/10/2013 8:33:10 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: mandaladon
"20,000 Assault rifles??? that's enough to arm a small army!"

Nah...just a reinforced division :-)

18 posted on 05/10/2013 8:43:02 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: The Working Man; LucyT

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.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT by null and void (America needs to be led by warriors not by lawyers)
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To: mandaladon

Road building contractor helping themselves to keep costs down.


20 posted on 05/10/2013 8:55:23 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can’t solve a problem with brute force, they’ll find a way to fix it with brute forc)
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To: mandaladon
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.

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.

21 posted on 05/10/2013 9:15:11 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: mandaladon
There was a case of serial bombing in Vallejo, CA back in 1997 with back packs and dynamite. Turns out the dynamite was lifted from RR bunkers in the Sierra. The fellows involved had some idea that doing these bombings would derail a drug case against one of the group.

http://articles.latimes.com/1997-01-31/news/mn-24042_1_bomb-threat

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.

22 posted on 05/10/2013 9:44:03 AM PDT by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: mandaladon
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.

Probably just some fraternity prank, I'm sure. (/sarc)
23 posted on 05/10/2013 10:21:23 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: mandaladon

They blow up dead mooses in Montana? Good grief, what will the wolves eat?


24 posted on 05/10/2013 11:03:28 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mandaladon
you forgot to add....we don't know who\how\why\when...but

The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related.
25 posted on 05/10/2013 11:23:24 AM PDT by stylin19a (Oboma -> Fredo smart)
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To: mandaladon

Det cord ? Man , I could use a few hundred yards of that stuff here on the farm!


26 posted on 05/10/2013 11:57:24 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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