FBI Gives Explosive Lesson on Homemade Bombs

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UNIONTOWN, Ohio -- The FBI has specialized terrorism training, but sometimes a well-informed tip is just as valuable. 

Cleveland's office of the FBI invited members of the chemical industry to a demonstration of improvised explosive devices at the Summit County Training Facility, so they could see what goes into the making of homemade bombs.

"We have what's called a trip wire, so if the shipping industry or chemical industry sees something that they think we need to be aware of they can give us a call, they know who to call," said FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson.

She said people who sell chemicals, whether it be wholesale or retail, may not realize there's a difference between someone who’s stocking up on a few cleaning supplies for the home and someone who wants to blow up the entire neighborhood.

“A lot of these chemicals are dual purpose chemicals, they're typical chemicals in your house," she said.

Explosive experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed participants how two liquids they might have in their own home could interact when mixed together.  The small fire that resulted seemed more impressive when an agent informed the audience it was the same kind of device the underwear bomber had in his pants when it failed to go off on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day in 2009.

A deafening demonstration of the power of C4 showed the possible threat Greater Clevelanders faced by five anarchists accused of trying to blow up the Route 82 bridge that connects Brecksville to Sagamore Hills.

Agent Anderson told Fox 8 News awareness training can be invaluable to the bureau.

"It has paid off, we've been alerted to things throughout the country that we've been able to intervene and stop the situation before it became a concern,” she said.

The demonstrations were examples of explosive devices that have been used by terrorists all over the world.