Queensland: Police evacuate 5km exclusion zone after explosive chemical spill

There’s no timeline for when residents will be allowed to return home after the rollover of a truck carrying explosive chemicals in Queensland. The Bruce Highway has been blocked in both directions at Bloomsbury, north of Mackay in Queensland, after Read More …

Forensic analytical aspects of homemade explosives containing grocery powders and hydrogen peroxide

Homemade explosives become a significant challenge for forensic scientists and investigators. In addition to well-known materials such as acetone peroxide trimer, black powder, or lead azides, perpetrators often produce more exotic and less recognized Homemade Explosives (HMEs). Mixtures of hydrogen Read More …

Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s agriculture dept directed to confiscate ammonium nitrate-based fertiliser

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa home department has directed agriculture department to strictly monitor and confiscate calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN)-based fertiliser keeping in view its possible use in terrorist activities. The home department says, according to a document, that CAN-based fertiliser are conveniently Read More …

Sharing information critical to tackling chemical threats

BANGKOK, Thailand – In just six hours, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system was able to create tens of thousands of chemical compounds that could be used as chemical weapons, demonstrating the potential for nefarious actors to exploit new technologies for Read More …

Rapid and selective screening of organic peroxide explosives using acid-hydrolysis induced chemiluminescence

Organic peroxide explosives (OPEs) are unstable, non-military, contemporary security threats often found in improvised explosive devices. Chemiluminescence (CL) can be used to detect OPEs, via radical formation consisting of peroxide moieties (-O-O-) under acidic conditions. However, selectivity for specific OPEs Read More …

Cyprus: 22-year-old in prison for possession of explosives

The Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with an investigation into a case of illegal possession and storage of explosives. Before the arrest and securing a court warrant, the Police carried out an investigation of the young man’s home Read More …

Spain: Authorities dismantled a clandestine workshop with almost 500 kilos of bomb-making materials in Barcelona

A total of 468 kilos of explosive precursors and chemical products for their preparation have been seized, as well as fuse and 2.2 kilos of finished explosive mixture A person who manufactured explosives by hand by mixing substances that he Read More …

UK Government targets bomb making materials and poisons in new crackdown

Today (23 January 2023) the government has laid secondary legislation to further tighten controls for poisons and chemicals which can be used to make explosives, also known as ‘explosives precursors’, by updating the Poisons Act 1972. Following the Manchester Arena Read More …

Thailand: Yala court sentences militant boss

Yala Provincial Court has handed a jail sentence to a leader and member of a militant group that caused widespread damage in the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. An Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) source yesterday said that Read More …

U.S. Navy intercepts ‘massive’ shipment of explosive material in Gulf of Oman

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet said on Tuesday it had intercepted a fishing vessel smuggling “massive” amounts of explosive material while transiting from Iran along a route in the Gulf of Oman that has been used to traffic weapons to Read More …