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    California Officials Investigating Loss of 30-Ton Shipment of Explosive Chemicals

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    An investigation has been launched in California to determine what happened to loads of explosive materials that disappeared from a train.

    KQED reports that approximately 60,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used as both a fertilizer and an explosive component, went missing while being transported by rail from Wyoming to California last month, prompting four separate investigations.

    The report noted further that “a railcar loaded with 30 tons of the chemical left Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 12. The car was found to be empty after it arrived two weeks later at a rail stop in the Mojave Desert, according to a short incident report from the explosives firm that made the shipment.”

    Dyno Nobel submitted a report to the federal National Response Center (NRC) on May 10. The report was included in the NRC’s California incident database, which is managed by the state Office of Emergency Services, and made available on Wednesday, according to the news source, which added:

    As a fertilizer, ammonium nitrate is commonly used. It is also a component of high explosives and was used in the homemade device detonated at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

    Dyno Nobel believes the material, which was transported in pellet form in a covered hopper car similar to those used to transport coal, fell from the car about 30 miles from the town of Mojave in eastern Kern County on the way to a rail siding called Saltdale.

    The railcar was sealed when it left the Cheyenne facility, and the closures were still intact when it arrived in Saltdale, according to a company spokesperson quoted by KQED. Initial estimates indicate that a breach through the railcar’s bottom gate may have developed during transit.”

    However, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are early indications that one of the hopper car gates was not closed adequately.

    According to Dyno Nobel, the journey lasted two weeks and included multiple destinations. The company asserts that it had “limited control” over the railcar while Union Pacific facilitated its cross-country conveyance.

    Union Pacific, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Railroad Administration, and Dyno Nobel are all investigating the mystery.

    Congress enacted a law in 2007 to regulate the sale and transmission of ammonium nitrate with the intent of preventing its potential use in terrorist acts. According to KQED, the Department of Homeland Security introduced proposed regulations in 2011, but they were not implemented.

    In the meantime, a report released on Sunday raised fresh concerns regarding the safety and security of the nation’s highest-ranking elected officials.

    According to sources familiar with the situation cited by CBS News, over 50 senators have been provided with satellite phones for emergency communication in response to rising concerns about the security threats facing members of Congress.

    The devices are among several new security measures being offered to senators by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, who assumed the position shortly after the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to the report.

    More on this story via Conservative Brief:

    The offer of satellite a phone has been extended to all 100 senators, according to reports. CBS News revealed that a minimum of 50 senators have chosen to accept these phones and, as recommended by Senate administrative staff, were advised to keep the devices readily accessible while traveling. CONTINUE READING…

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