Lori Hickey

Homemade explosives such as TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), HMTD, Potassium Chlorate, Ammonium Nitrate and Urea Nitrate are becoming more commonly used in today’s attacks. The reason being the supplies are easily attained, difficult to detect, and the internet provides step-by-step Opens in a new window instructions to create explosives devices.

Recently in New York City’s Central Park, a teen from Fairfax Virginia Opens in a new window, accidently steppedQuote-TATP_1.jpg on a homemade device, causing an explosion. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) tested the debris, finding traces of TATP. Although authorities are still unsure of who mixed the TATP and placed it in the park, the following are some facts on TATP:

  • It is a highly volatile substance and a primary explosive
  • It is extremely shock sensitive
  • It is readily prepared from household items
  • It is popular among terrorists and, due to media exposure and readily available internet formulas Opens in a new window, it is also popular for scientific experimentation

The threat of explosives is ever changing. MSA’s highly-acclaimed Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program is consistently evaluated to meet the highest level of performance standards and market distinction. MSA is the largest private provider of EDC teams in America and the only private company that imprints and trains its canines on all five families of explosives AND homemade explosives (HMEs) like TATP.


The FBI and Department of Homeland Security Opens in a new window issued these cards to show awareness to peroxide products.HME_Card_Page_1.jpg


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