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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY 05-06

Contacts: Sheree Mixell/Tom Hill


For Immediate Release

January 13, 2005


Campaign Identifies Person Who Attempted

to Purchase Ammonium Nitrate As Legitimate

-- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said
today that the person and company who attempted to purchase between
500 and 1,000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate have been identified as

issued a nationwide industry alert Jan. 4 after several industry members
reported the attempted purchases as suspicious. ATF has partnered with
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) to promote industry awareness through
the "America's Security Begins With You" campaign.

P. Raden, Assistant Director for Enforcement Programs and Services,
said, "ATF has expanded our outreach partnership with various industries
and groups that use commercial explosives. The campaign is part of ATF's
Explosives Threat Assessment and Prevention Strategy.

appreciates the immediate response we received from industry members
and law enforcement in helping to identify the person and company involved
in the alert. The inquiries were legitimate."

asked the explosives community and public to remain vigilant and report
suspicious activities involving explosives or chemicals used to manufacture
explosives to ATF's Hotline Number 1-800-800-3855.