May 7, 2013
Back in March, the FBI released a bulletin warning that “criminals and extremists” might use a material used for “exploding targets” in recreational shooting to build IEDs.
“The FBI assesses with high confidence recreationally used exploding targets (ETs), commonly referred to as tannerite, or reactive targets, can be used as an explosive for illicit purposes by criminals and extremists and explosive precursor chemicals (EPCs) present in ETs can be combined with other materials to manufacture explosives for use in improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” the FBI warned on March 5.
The FBI describes “extremists” as “international terrorists, homegrown violent extremists, domestic terrorists, and lone wolf offenders operating in the United States or abroad.”
Tannerite, however, would not prove to be a practical material for a terrorist IED, that is unless a terrorist does not have an issue with exposing himself to capture. Tannerite can only be exploded by using a high velocity rifle bullet — and that means he would need to be within several hundred yards of the target.
Leave it up to the FBI, though, to frighten folks into believing there is another substance out there that terrorists can use at marathons.
If you like to use reactive material in your recreational shooting, you might want to stock up on this stuff. It will probably be illegal before too long.