The Hazards of Homemade Explosives

Homemade explosives present a huge threat to you and the people you serve.

While terrorist incidents using improvised explosives such as the Oklahoma City bombing or the attempted attack on American Airlines Flight 63 have made national headlines, the greater risk to most communities exists among those who are not terrorists at all but are simply experimenting with explosives.

“When we think about improvised explosives, the first thing that comes to mind is terrorists, the guy who lit himself on fire on an airplane Christmas Day or the shoe bomber on American Airlines Flight 63,” says Donald Sachtleben, director of training at the Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX). “While that big world threat is certainly real, the big problem we see is with home experimenters.”


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