South Bend Police Department Press Release

Thursday, August 30, 2007

 

Explosives Found in Former Police Vehicle

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Shortly after 7:00 PM, last evening (08-29-07), the SBPD received a call from an individual who stated he located what he believed to be explosives in a former police vehicle that he had purchased at a City auction.

Officers, including a bomb specialist, arrived and found what was identified as a quantity of "blasting caps" and plastic explosives that had been located in a former SBPD Bomb Disposal Unit vehicle. The items were immediately taken to a safe storage area. The quantity of explosives that was located had the approximate power to destroy the interior of the vehicle in which it was found.

Chief Thomas Fautz has called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the police vehicle being released to the public while still containing these items. He has further ordered an audit of all departmentally owned or retained explosive material. Chief Fautz also stated that he is asking the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to conduct an independent review of the SBPD storage, handling and transport of it's explosives as soon as possible.

The South Bend Police Department regrets this occurrence and promises a vigorous investigation into this matter.





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