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Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?

 
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Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
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and 700lbs of RDX Plastic Explosives ? To protect airports using explosives ?

Read the government purchase order yourself:
[link to www.fbo.gov (secure)]

13--Explosives
Solicitation Number: HSTS02-12-Q-CAN062B
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Transportation Security Administration
Location: Headquarters TSA

Solicitation Number:
HSTS02-12-Q-CAN062B Notice Type:
Award Contract Award Date:
August 14, 2012
Contract Award Number:
HSTS02-12-P-CAN062
Contract Award Dollar Amount:
$56,994.00


What does the Department of Homeland Security intend to do with 176,000 rounds of
M852 .308 Boat-Tail Hollow-Point (BTHP) Sniper Ammunition ???

Purchase Order:
[link to www.fbo.gov (secure)]


13--40 Cal, 180 Grain, Jacketed Hollow Point Ammunition
Solicitation Number: HSFLCS-13-Q-00009
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
Location: Procurement Division

[link to www.fbo.gov (secure)]


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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
They need to keep the $$ moving...

The Texas City Disaster was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. The incident took place on April 16, 1947, and began with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp which was docked in the Port of Texas City. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate[1] and the resulting chain reaction of fires and explosions killed at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department.[2] These events also triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims.




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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
Possibly for training.
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
Thats nothing. I see railcars with that and the petroleum accelerant regularly.
700 lbs.=1 day supply. For a quarry.
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
Sniffer training
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
Training for dogs and electronic "sniffers"
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
See RDX. [link to cdn.optmd.com]

You don't need 700 pounds of to test sniffers.
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
See RDX. [link to cdn.optmd.com]

You don't need 700 pounds of to test sniffers.
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True, could be for calibration as well.

1 blk c4 = 1.25 lbs , 700lbs = @ 560 blocks

TSA responsible for approx 450+ airports = a little over a block each. It is still a little strange to give out a block of HE to 450 different places when local police /FBI have those resources.
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Re: Why does the TSA need 700lbs of High Explosive Grade Ammonium Nitrate?
See RDX. [link to cdn.optmd.com]

You don't need 700 pounds of to test sniffers.
 Quoting: Major Jim


True, could be for calibration as well.

1 blk c4 = 1.25 lbs , 700lbs = @ 560 blocks

TSA responsible for approx 450+ airports = a little over a block each. It is still a little strange to give out a block of HE to 450 different places when local police /FBI have those resources.
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Don't forget the ATF. Seems a tad reckless to have a pound of C-4 controlled by the TSA at each major airport.

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