On 26 January, Homeland Security Today in the US reported that “How to make a bomb” ranked in the top 10 terms searched on Google in September and October 2020, according to a DHS bombing prevention awareness bulletin asking stakeholders to learn how to spot and report potential explosive devices.  Among other things, the article repeats advice that suspicious purchases include unusually large quantities bought in one shot or bulk purchases picked up in store, paying with large amounts of cash or another person’s credit card, ignorance of how a product is properly used or questions about unlawful or atypical uses, “refusing to accept substitute products that perform better or are less expensive,” being obsessed about the chemical makeup of products, or “unusual ordering, purchasing patterns and/or purchases spread across multiple stores in a chain”.  In the US, the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) has been undertaking outreach and has urged retailers to watch for and report suspicious activity related to the purchase of explosive targets, including someone buying many at one time or showing a lack of familiarity with firearms.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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