Training to Recognize Explosives in Butler County

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Training to Recognize Explosives
In this age of terrorism, local aviation security and first responders are schooled on what to look for when it comes to making bombs. From explosives that could potentially be used to bring down airplanes to "MacGyver bombs" used to blow up mailboxes, national and local security personnel are always trying to stay one step ahead of the bomb maker. Today, bomb experts demonstrated the latest in bomb making techniques and how to detect explosives.

Local 12 Reporter Larry Davis shows us how their education can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe.

Nowadays, explosives come in all shapes and sizes. They produce small blasts and larger, more damaging, explosions. From blasting caps to various bomb making materials, Federal Air Marshals, as well as first responders, learned it doesn't take much to wipe out a mail box.

Specialist Mike Grimes, Butler County Sheriff's Office: "People have conceived notions of what explosive products look like and we're trying to demonstrate here, when you take the wrapper off of it, explosives can look like something totally different."

Larry Davis: "Among those getting an education today are screeners with the Transportation Security Administration. They are the ones that check your bags at the airport and they are checking for explosives, like this C-4, that can be molded into a bar of soap."

"You could actually put this in a soap dish or some kind of hand ointment dish and you can bring a secondary class a explosion on an aircraft."

Transportation Security Officers were all eyes and ears as the experts showed items they could very well come across on the job.

Rich Cummins, Transportation Security Administration: "If they've seen it before and they've held it and had a chance to look at it, when they see it on an xray or when they see it in a bag, when they search somebody's bag, they have a better potential for catching the device."

Some of what they may come across could produce explosions like this. And while the U.S. has been free of terrorism since 9-11, security people want to make sure they stay ahead of the game.

"Study history, all you have to do is study history, take a history lesson and you'll see that at some point its going to be here. It's not what if, it's a matter of when."

Larry Davis...Local 12.

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