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The CIA Left Explosives on a School Bus

Um, whoops ...

(Newser) - As a parent, it's not exactly an email you want to get from your child's school district: For almost a week, "explosive training material" was left under the hood of a school bus in Loudoun County, Va., that carried dozens of kids while the material was inside.... More »

Dogs May Be Our Best Defense Against Suicide Bombings

(Newser) - Even in an era of high-tech crime-fighting, the best line of defense against a Brussels-style attack on airports and subways has four legs and a tail. The AP reports that dogs, with their exquisitely sensitive noses, have been trained in recent years to pick up the scent of explosives on... More »

Guy Shoots Lawn Mower, Loses Leg

Ga. man had packed it full of Tannerite explosive material

(Newser) - In Georgia, it's completely legal to pack objects full of the explosive Tannerite and shoot at them, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea, police said after a man had his leg severed by an exploding lawn mower. Police say 32-year-old David Pressley and friends filled... More »

Bomb Found on Rental Car at NM Airport

'Credible explosive device' disarmed, but renters had long wait in Albuquerque

(Newser) - The FBI and the ATF are on the case in New Mexico for a Breaking Bad-like scenario: a "credible explosive device" found underneath a rental car that was returned Sunday to the Albuquerque International Sunport, CNN reports. Police say the vehicle had been rented elsewhere (cops aren't saying... More »

Teen Allegedly Plotted Attack on Cops With Kangaroo Bomb

Aussie prosecutors say he was inspired by ISIS

(Newser) - April 25 is usually a day of solemn remembrance in Australia for those who've taken part in the country's wars, but this year's ceremonies may have come perilously close to being marred by a teen bent on terror. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Sevdet Besim plotted an attack to... More »

UK: Bomb May Have Downed Russian Plane in Egypt

PM Cameron halts flights to Sinai Peninsula until security check is complete

(Newser) - US officials have reported that the heat flash in the area where Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in Egypt may have been from a bomb—and the UK thinks that's an increasingly likely scenario, the AP reports. London is worried enough that it suspended flights to and from the... More »

Kids Bring This to Playdate, Bomb Team Is Called In

WWII ordnance was still dangerous, cops say

(Newser) - After a group of kids brought an old mortar shell to a playdate, cops in Portland, Ore., reminded the public that playing with undetonated explosives is a very bad idea. The children found the foot-long explosive in a wildlife refuge and carried it around a mile to a home where... More »

Cops: Guy Tried to Burn House With Bowling Ball Bomb

Which is one way to foil bank from selling it

(Newser) - As the Sun-Sentinel puts it, "it's hard to stand out when it comes to crime in South Florida," but that's exactly what one 21-year-old Loxahatchee resident has allegedly done. Per the AP , Tyler Butler was arrested on charges of arson and using an explosive device after... More »

Sniper Kills Suspect in Police HQ Attack in Dallas

He is believed to be dead, had blamed cops for losing custody of his son

(Newser) - The chaos in Dallas is over after the city's police headquarters was attacked by a gunman with bombs. A police sniper has indeed killed the suspect inside his van, reports AP . It took a while to confirm because police were cautious about approaching the vehicle. It also appears that... More »

Cops: House for Sale Was Wired to Explode

Previous Massachusetts tenants are suspects

(Newser) - There are bad tenants, there are nightmare tenants, and then there are the people who rented a Boston-area house and are suspected of leaving it wired to explode after they moved out. The chief of police in Milton, Mass., says an explosive device designed to cause "significant destruction" was... More »

'Heroic' Soldier Pulls Grenade From Guy's Leg

Staff Sgt. David Mensink drove 200 miles to defuse the situation

(Newser) - Well, this is terrifying: An Alabama man was dismantling a grenade last Friday when the device launched into his thigh, the Washington Post reports. Paramedics were called to assist, but no one knew quite how dangerous the grenade was. Though the man first visited a Walker County hospital, he was... More »

FBI Captures SF Explosives Suspect

PR consultant posted apparent suicide note

(Newser) - After a nationwide manhunt, the FBI says the San Francisco social media expert and political consultant suspected of stockpiling explosives was captured within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. When agents arrested Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II at a cafe, he "looked pretty surprised and frantic," a witness tells... More »

FBI: PR Man Now Armed, Dangerous Fugitive

Explosives found at home of SF political consultant

(Newser) - A well-known public relations consultant in San Francisco is now the target of a nationwide manhunt after police found explosives in his apartment. The agency says Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, should be considered armed and dangerous and may be in possession of more explosives, USA Today reports. He was... More »

Penn State Student Arrested Over WMD

'Off the wall' Russian teen had bomb-making materials

(Newser) - A Penn State freshman from Moscow was arrested on charges including possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after cops found a bomb and explosives-related materials in his apartment. Police say they found the bomb-making materials while investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op at the home of 18-year-old Vladislav... More »

Ohio Cops Stop Speeder, Find 48 Bombs

Indiana man had blueprints for Navy SEAL facility

(Newser) - A man stopped for speeding in Ohio turned out to have 48 bombs, four loaded guns, and blueprints for a Navy SEAL training facility in his car, prosecutors have revealed. Andrew Scott Boguslawski, an Indiana National Guardsman who also works as a groundskeeper at the training facility, also had a... More »

Miss Utah Contestant Jailed in Drive-By 'Bombings'

Four teens allegedly chucked exploding water bottles out of their car

(Newser) - Police arrested four 18-year-olds from Riverton, Utah—including Miss Riverton herself—on Saturday, on suspicion that they'd been driving around chucking makeshift explosives out their car's window. Kendra McKenzie Gill, who was named Miss Riverton in June, Bryce Christopher Stone, and two others are still being held in... More »

Paramedic at Texas Blast Arrested, Had 'Destructive Device'

Police haven't said if arrest is connected to the blast

(Newser) - Federal investigators have launched a criminal probe into the horrific West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others, just hours after they arrested one of the first responders who was on the scene of that tragedy—though those two facts haven't been connected. Paramedic... More »

Teen's Plan to Blow up Turtles Ends Very Badly

Cigar ash sets off bomb in his pocket

(Newser) - Karma wasted no time in living up to her reputation Saturday in Texas. Police say a 19-year-old man made a bomb with which he planned to "blow up turtles." Instead, as he carried it in his pocket on his way down to the bayou with a friend, he... More »

Body, Explosives Found in Florida Dorm Room

Man dead in apparent suicide at University of Central Florida

(Newser) - The University of Central Florida cancelled morning classes and evacuated roughly 500 students from a dorm today after police found explosive devices while investigating an apparent suicide on campus; a rep for the school says the dead male was a student at the university. Police were called to the campus'... More »

FBI Details James Holmes' Elaborate Booby-Trap

Also: Holmes played sock puppets with paper bags on his hands

(Newser) - An FBI agent today laid out the meticulous detail used by James Holmes to booby-trap his apartment on the night of the Dark Knight massacre in Aurora, Colorado, reports USA Today . According to his plan, a boombox would start blaring in the empty apartment at midnight. When neighbors or police... More »

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