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Fort Polk soldier convicted for illegally manufacturing chemical weapon
LAFAYETTE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A Fort Polk soldier is spending the next 11 years of his life behind bars for manufacturing and using a chemical weapon in the Kisatchie National Forest. 

According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, 24-year-old Ryan Keith Taylor was sentenced to 135 months in prison Monday for producing, possessing, and using a chemical weapon in violation of federal law.

Taylor was also sentenced to five years of supervision upon release. 

We're told Taylor set off an explosive device containing chlorine gas on the morning of April 12, 2017 in the Kisatchie National Forest near Fort Polk.

Three U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting a training exercise nearby heard the explosions and found Taylor standing near his vehicle filming the explosion with his cell phone.

They then questioned Taylor and reported the incident to military police.

Upon arrival, Fort Polk military police investigators examined the scene and began collecting samples at the blast site.

One investigator filled a plastic bag with a rock coated in an unknown substance.

The bag immediately popped, and the investigator’s plastic gloves and boots began to melt. He also began to experience difficulty breathing and his skin started burning.
us_LA  industrial  explosion  injury  bomb  chlorine 
20 days ago by dchas
Flushing acid down the toilet: lab cleanup forces US 287 shutdow
The closure of a highway and forced evacuation of residents have shaken up the small ranching and farming town of Norris, pop. 109. The town sits about 40 minutes southeast of Bozeman.

On July 17th, residents in Norris were alerted to the efforts of a federal hazardous substance cleanup in town when a mandatory evacuation was ordered and Highway 287 – which winds through the small community – was closed.

Many of the residents likely wouldn’t have paid much attention to the cleanup at all, had it not been for a group of chemicals that were so dangerous, they had to be blown-up onsite by a bomb squad.

The environmental officials' original plan for the Norris Lab was to move all of the chemicals to a secure site in an isolated field where they would be detonated safely. However, some of the chemicals were so volatile that the risk of transporting them was too great, and experts decided to do a controlled detonation at the site of the lab.

Says On-Scene Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Craig Myer, the chemicals are “so sensitive that even opening the container, the friction from the cap moving, can be enough to initiate an explosion.”
us_MT  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  bomb 
12 weeks ago by dchas
Explosion Rocks East Boston Apartment; Man Arrested
BOSTON, MA — An East Boston man is facing charges after allegedly causing an explosion early Sunday morning that police said was not related to terrorism. Tomas Mikula, 28, was arrested after an explosion at 88 Webster Street caused "major internal and structural damage. Mikula lives on the second floor of that building.

Mikula was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Before being hospitalized, police said he told them the explosion started in his apartment, where police allegedly later found firearms and ammunition.

A bomb squad sweep of his apartment found materials that are usually connected to explosive devices. A search warrant sweep ended in the seizure of PVC tubing and chemical compounds, materials commonly used for homemade explosives.

Police said they also found two handguns, a rifle, and over 100 rounds of ammunition.

Mikula is charged with unlawful possession of explosives, unlawful possession of an incendiary device, willful ignition/discharge of a destructive or incendiary device, two counts unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a high capacity firearm.

us_MA  public  explosion  injury  bomb  explosives  illegal 
july 2018 by dchas
2 men connected in acid-bomb standoff to face judge
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Wednesday, two men accused of setting off acid bombs inside a home near Baldwin Park are expected to face a judge. 

Beach Boulevard was locked down for 12 hours during a standoff as hazmat crews and deputies tried to get one of the men behind the acid bombs to leave the home.

The acid bombs were homemade and are no bigger than a water bottle, but they can still cause a lot of damage, according to authorities.   

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office were called out before 9:30 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing several loud explosions coming from inside a home at 4445 Beach Blvd. 

When deputies got to the home they found two acid bombs, which deputies say could cause a lot of harm to people in the area near the home. 
us_FL  public  explosion  response  bomb 
june 2018 by dchas
Austin bombings: 4th blast leads police to believe a 'serial bomber' is on the loose - CNN
An indiscriminate wake-up call
Many minority residents in Austin have been on edge since the bombings started, as the first three bombings killed or wounded minorities.
Several residents under lockdown Monday said they were stunned the latest attack happened in their neighborhood.
Unlike the first three bombings, which happened in east Austin, the latest attack happened in a predominately white part of town.
Eliza May said because the first three bombings happening on the east side of the city, in predominately minority areas, she hadn't been following the news closely.

Related Article: These Austin residents fear attacks are racially motivated

May said as a resident of the affluent Travis Country neighborhood, she assumed she had nothing to worry about.
"We feel safe. This isn't something that you'd expect around here," May told CNN.
Now, "it's obvious that you have to be alert."
"This was a random bomb," she said. "This could have been any one of us."
Neighbor Shonda Mace said the bombing "is going to be life-changing event for our neighborhood."
"I'm scared about what's going to happen next," she said.
racism  violence  Texas  Austin  bomb 
may 2018 by bdwc

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