By James Smith | Prepper Podcast
A solicitation placed today at the Government marketplace shows that the Department of Homeland Security, via the Transportation Safety Administration has requested 700 pounds of High Density Ammonium Nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX, with a deliver date by 31 August 2012.
That is less than 4 days before the start of the Democrat National Convention.
Why would the DHS/TSA order such material? From their Statement of Work:
Name of Requisitioning Office: National Canine Program (NCP)/ Canine Explosives Section (CES)
SECTION II: Purpose
Scope of the Product, Service, or Outcome: The CES requires the 700 pounds of High Density Ammonium Nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX to provide Canine Explosive Training Aids (CETAs) to NCP participants. The supplier must be able to meet the exact requirements by August 31st, 2012. Substituions for this product are not acceptable
SECTION III: Background
The CES is required to provide NCP participants with CETAs. The CES has selected to use High Density Ammonium Nitrate and A-5 Flake RDX as it will provide NCP participants with a more realistic training aid and compliment the current aids provided.
This all comes on the heels of a solicitation for sheet style high powered plastic explosives that we reported on earlier in the week.
The problem is very clear. As stated in the ATF Law Enforcement Guide to Explosives Incident Reporting document:
Ball-and-stick model of the part of the crystal structure of ammonium nitrate, [NH 4 ][NO 3 ]. Original structure determination available at C. S. Choi, J. E. Mapes and E. Prince (May 1972). “The structure of ammonium nitrate (IV)”. Acta Cryst. B28 (5) : 1357-1361. DOI:10.1107/S0567740872004303. Image generated in Accelrys DS Visualizer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)