How Much High Explosive Does Any One Person Need?
The stolen goods include 150 pounds of C-4 plastic explosive and 250 pounds of thin sheets of explosives that could be used in letter bombs. Also, 2,500 detonators were missing from a storage explosive container, or magazine, in a bunker owned by Cherry Engineering.
The theft was professional:
Thieves apparently used blowtorches to cut through the storage trailers -- suggesting they knew what they were after.
Most likely it's a criminal who will resell the stuff, but it could be a terrorist organization. My guess is criminals, though.
By the way, this is in America...
The material was taken from Cherry Engineering, a company owned by Chris Cherry, a scientist at Sandia National Labs.
...where security is an afterthought:
The site, located outside Albuquerque, had no guards and no surveillance cameras.
Or maybe not even an afterthought:
It was the site's second theft in the past two years.
If anyone is looking for something to spend national security money on that will actually make us safer, securing high-explosive-filled trailers would be high on my list.
EDITED TO ADD (12/29): The explosives were recovered.
Posted on December 20, 2005 at 2:20 PM • 34 Comments