Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Phillyburbs.com: Experiment in Terror

Phillyburbs.com depicts “Operation Kaboom”.

Police investigators posing as apple growers secretly built and partially detonated a fertilizer-based, 2,400-pound truck bomb to determine how easy it would be for homegrown terrorists to launch an attack with homemade explosives, officials revealed Tuesday.

The 2004 experiment, known as Operation Kaboom, was part of a New York Police Department program to monitor suspicious sales of ammonium nitrate and other common chemicals sold by suppliers in the New York City area.

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