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Inert Explosive material found at MCLB Albany

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MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE Albany, Ga. –Inert explosive material, identified by base personnel as composition 4 plastic explosive, was found inside a tactical vehicle on MCLB Albany at 5: 35 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

The explosive is commonly used by troops overseas for a myriad of different operations in small amounts similar to what was found. Under the conditions in which the explosive was found there was no indication the material was a danger to anyone or in danger of exploding. C-4 is a substance that can be used to make explosive devices if certain conditions are met, such as the simultaneous application of both heat and pressure. The explosive can also be detonated by an electrical charge if the proper equipment is used. None of this equipment was found with the material as well as any other equipment that could have been used to detonate the material.

The material was found in the back of a Humvee which is designed for carrying about six to seven service members. The type of vehicle is commonly referred by troops as a “high back” Humvee and is used commonly to transport troops conducting forward operations. The C-4 was two inches by six inches and wrapped in dark green tape, the size that is commonly used by troops to detonate enemy explosives, destroy arms caches and breaching small openings such as doorways and windows.  The vehicle was returning from operations overseas.

The matter is currently under investigation. For more information, call the MCLB Albany Public Affairs Office at (229) 869-1665.

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