No such thing as a routine call: Suicidal subject with exploding target material

A firearm pointed at a container can pose a threat to an entire group of people, depending on the contents of the container


Originally published by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) in the Mar/Apr 2019 issue of The Detonator and reprinted here with their permission.

By Spl/Sgt. David Buck

YouTube is full of videos demonstrating the misuse of exploding target material (ETM), and when it causes injury or loss of life, the news cycle spins up as well.

Until December 19, 2018, however, I had been unaware of any incidents related to the use of ETM to target law enforcement personnel.

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