ATF Recovers 80 blocks of C4 and Claymores in Northern Arizona
Construction crews digging near the small town of Pine, Arizona found a pile of underground plastic pipes that were stuffed full of Military explosives such as Claymores and C4. Not imitation military explosives, but actual items developed for use by the US Military. And the ATF would like to know how they got there and by whom.
When the crews saw what was in the pipes, they called authorities. The ATF confiscated 80 blocks of M112 C4, nine M18A1 Claymores, and one roll of detcord (detonating cord). The ATF stated the items could have been in that pipe for 20 years.
According to Luke Ryan at SOFREP, (Story published on January 5, 2018)
These are not military imitation explosives, they are specifically developed and produced for the military. They do not appear to be home-made in any way, and officials have already labeled it as a “theft,” though no information has been made public as to the act of the theft itself — it would have happened around two decades ago, and information that far back may be difficult to track down.
Claymore mines are anti-personnel mines that use steel balls on enemy combatants, and they are labeled with the famous “FRONT TOWARD ENEMY” as seen above. They have an effective range of approximately 50 meters, depending on the terrain, and an overall 250 meter total range. While they are not commonly used in the war on terror so much anymore (that’s not to say they are never used), they would remain an invaluable tool for foot soldiers fighting other conventional foot soldiers in future conflicts, so they are still an essential part of the U.S. military’s arsenal.
The C4 is a much more versatile weapon, and can be built to satisfy all sorts of needs. It can be cut into pieces, molded, added to other blocks of C4 — the uses are practically limitless. They are also very stable, and can even be lit on fire without exploding (though it does burn quite brilliantly). However, once initiated, it is a deadly weapon that can do some serious damage. It’s this sort of versatility that makes it a force to be reckoned with, especially in the wrong hands.
There have been several instances of military items being stolen from foreign armories, or various weapons being stolen from armories in the United States, but it’s also possible that infiltrator(s) gained access to the military in order to steal explosives. The news media is often censored from revealing what kinds of things are stolen from military sources. Since the theft is likely old, perhaps the perpetrator is already in prison and no one knew of these explosives being involved.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever had the explosives. You can contact the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or to email them at ATFTips@atf.gov.