CBS News reported on April 22, 2016, that the Detroit, Michigan office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating a theft of explosives. The search covers at least three states, according to Jeff Pegues, the CBS News Justice Department and Homeland Security correspondent.
Pegues stated there were at least 500 pounds, or 32 cases of explosives, missing from a CSX train. The train traveled between Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan two days ago, April 20. Upon its arrival at the destination half of the shipment was missing. The ATF sources have not indicated where, along the route, the theft may have occurred.
The ATF has not issued an advisory, however, according to Pegues they are considering do so as well as offering an award soon. There is a concern the stolen material might fall into the wrong hands.
An ATF spokesperson said this theft was an extremely serious case. Even though the explosives are technically classified as fireworks, they are commercial grade. The combination of quality and the quantity stolen cause concern for the danger involved when this type of explosives are not handled correctly.
Detroit police are assisting the ATF in the investigation. Sources indicate they believe more than one suspect is responsible for the case. Further information was not released.
UPDATE: April 23, 2016, Detroit Free Press reported the ATF has recovered all the missing explosives. No arrests have been made and names of suspects have not been released.
This case is ongoing. The Public Slate will provide updates as information becomes available.
By Cathy Milne
CBS News: More than 500 pounds of explosives stolen from train
Detroit Free Press: Fireworks stolen from train to Detroit recovered
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