60,000 Pounds Of Explosive Disappears From California

The company Dyno Nobel reported to the federal National Response Center on May 10 that 60,000 pounds of explosive material, specifically ammonium nitrate, disappeared from California.

Some 60,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used as both fertilizer and a component in explosives, went missing as it was shipped by rail from Wyoming to California last month, prompting four separate investigations.

A railcar loaded with 30 tons of the chemical left Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 12. The car was found to be empty after it arrived two weeks later at a rail stop in the Mojave Desert, according to a short incident report from the explosives firm that made the shipment.

The company, Dyno Nobel, made the report May 10 to the federal National Response Center, or NRC. The report also appeared last week in an NRC database of California incidents managed by the state Office of Emergency Services last Wednesday.‘The initial assessment is that a leak through the bottom gate on the railcar may have developed in transit.’Dyno Nobel press statement

Ammonium nitrate is commonly used as fertilizer. It’s also an ingredient in high explosives and was used in the homemade bomb detonated in the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

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‘The initial assessment is that a leak through the bottom gate on the railcar may have developed in transit.’


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