Federal officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are still trying to determine what happened to nearly 1,100 pounds of Amonium Nitrate in two states, including Colorado. The agency responsible for safety procedures for handling explosives hasn't conducted any inspections so far this year.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is charged with
performing inspections of companies that work with explosives.
The lapse raises questions about whether the agency is capable
of fulfilling the requirements of the Safe Explosive Act.
Denver ATF Supervisor David McCombs says the six workers in his office have no problem keeping up with initial licensing audits, but compliance inspections haven't been done.
These findings come afer nine 50 pound bags of ammonium nitrate were taken from a Castle Concrete storage trailer here in Colorado Springs last weekend. Four hundred pounds of ammonium nitrate is enough to destroy a three story building. It was the key ingriedient in the bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Another 700 pounds of amonium nitrate was also stolen from a San Diego, California construction company.
If you have any information on the stolen amonium nitrate, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in the Springs, or 542-STOP in Pueblo.