August 1, 2009 in City

Explosives stolen from Walla Walla airport

Feds lead joint investigation
Andy Porter Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

What’s missing

The following is a list of explosives stolen from a magazine at the Walla Walla Regional Airport industrial park.

14 bags of rocket black powder (Washington Fish and Wildlife)

200 pounds of AMEX/ANFO (Fish and Wildlife)

1 box containing 11 bags of Kinepak (Fish and Wildlife)

2 spools of 100-foot detonation cord (Washington State Patrol)

115 “stingers,” blasting cap boosters (WSP)

27 pounds of green detasheet explosives (WSP)

96 one-pound blocks of TNT (WSP)

17 sticks of dynamite (U.S. Forest Service)

1 spool of 1,500 feet of detonation cord (Forest Service)

180 pounds of black powder (private party not regulated by federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

Consumer fireworks (private party not regulated by ATF)

14 bags of rocket black powder (Fish and Wildlife)

Hot line number

The hot line number for information on the explosives theft is (800) 283-2662 (800-ATF-BOMB)

WALLA WALLA – Federal, state and local police are seeking leads in the theft of a large amount of explosives.

The explosives, which include TNT, blasting cap boosters and black powder, were found missing Monday from an explosives storage magazine at the Walla Walla Regional Airport industrial park. The theft was discovered by Washington State Patrol troopers during a routine inspection.

Walla Walla County Sheriff Michael Humphreys said the explosives were apparently stolen sometime after July 23. The sheriff’s office has requested the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to lead the joint investigation.

“I’m asking that anyone with information relating to this theft please call the hot line number. We’re committed to following up on every lead,” he said.

The locked magazine held explosives stored by various law enforcement agencies and private parties.

The explosives are stable if properly stored and used, “but in the hands of untrained people they pose a significant public safety threat,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert R. Champion.

Evidence recovered from the scene has been sent to the state laboratory. Authorities are also offering a $5,000 reward for information relating to the theft.

A toll-free number can be used to report information and all calls are confidential, Humphreys said.

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