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60,000 Pounds of Chemical Used in Explosives Goes Missing


Roughly 60,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in both fertilizers and explosives, reportedly disappeared while being transported by rail from Wyoming to California.

According to reports, four separate investigations have been launched in response.

The shipment left Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 12th.

However, the railcar wound up empty two weeks later while making a stop in the Mojave Desert.

KQED (a Bay Area public radio station) reported:

The company, Dyno Nobel, made the report May 10 to the federal National Response Center, or NRC. The report also appeared last week in an NRC database of California incidents managed by the state Office of Emergency Services last Wednesday.

Ammonium nitrate is commonly used as fertilizer. It’s also an ingredient in high explosives and was used in the homemade bomb detonated in the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Dyno Nobel says it believes the material — transported in pellet form in a covered hopper car similar to those used to ship coal — fell from the car on the way to a rail siding (a short track connecting with the main track) called Saltdale about 30 miles from the town of Mojave in eastern Kern County.

“The railcar was sealed when it left the Cheyenne facility, and the seals were still intact when it arrived in Saltdale. The initial assessment is that a leak through the bottom gate on the railcar may have developed in transit,” a company spokesperson said.

If the ammonium nitrate leaked from the railcar, couldn’t they find the pellets lying along the tracks?

Something smells fishy if the ammonium nitrate disappeared and authorities can’t locate it.

Breitbart noted:

Ammonium nitrate was the explosive in the massive bomb used in the Oklahoma City terror attack of 1995. It was also the substance that caused a deadly explosion in a warehouse in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2020.

Foul play is not suspected yet, but the loss of a hazardous chemical is just the latest rail problem in the past several months. In February, a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, eventually leading to a massive explosion that spread potentially hazardous substances to the surrounding community.

KQED noted that the Federal Railroad Administration, the California Public Utilities Commission, Union Pacific and Dyno Nobel are investigating the incident.

During the two-week trip that included multiple stops, Dyno Nobel said it had “limited control” of the railcar while Union Pacific transported it.

Dyno Nobel says on its website that the company “is a global leader in the commercial explosives industry.”

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This entire incident is extremely suspect.



 

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