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ATF Explosives Industry Newsletter Masthead
September
2001

Editor,
Gene Baker

who
has been promoted to the position of Director, Industry Operations,
in the Seattle Field Division.

Gail
worked in the Public Safety Branch as a specialist for five years,
during that time, the branch's explosives functions were combined
with firearms programs, and the Branch was known as the Firearms
& Explosives Operations Branch. Gail began her career with
ATF as an inspector, serving three years in the Detroit Field
Division, Flint Post of Duty. Gail's career includes a three-year
term as a specialist in the Distilled Spirits & Tobacco Branch.
She then went to the Firearms & Explosives Operations Branch,
and from there she was promoted to the position of Program Manager,
Public Information Division. After serving a six-month period
in a public affairs capacity, Gail spent the next year and a half
in the Office of Legislative Affairs as a Congressional Liaison
Specialist. From there, she served as Chief of Staff, Office of
Science and Technology, for a year and a half.

"I
am excited to be returning to the world I love," Gail said.
"My various roles in ATF have provided me with a well-rounded
experience and an acute sensitivity to the importance of maintaining
solid relationships with the members of the regulated industry.
The explosives industry is so filled with creativity, innovation,
art, and science. There are few commodities that have such an
amazingly broad representation of industries. I look forward to
playing a role in the Bureau's mission to protect the public while
at the same time striking a balance and avoiding undue burden
on those industries as much as possible."

Gail
continues to encourage the industry's input into this newsletter
and looks forward to answering questions and addressing any concerns.
She can be contacted at 202-927- 7930.

New
Address for A & E Programs, and Public Safety Branch

The
Arson and Explosives Programs Division recently moved their operations.
Although they are in the same building, they have moved to the
7th floor.

Please
note the address change below. The phone and fax numbers remain
the same as before.

Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Public Safety Branch

800 K Street, NW, Room 710
Tech
World South Building

Washington, DC 20001

INTERNATIONAL
EXPLOSIVES ASSISTANCE

ATF
personnel from the Arson & xplosives Programs Division provided
assistance to Botswana, Columbia, and the Czech Republic during
the spring of this year. Assistance was provided on explosives
related matters to other U.S. officials and host government agencies.

BUNKER
EXPLOSION IN ARKANSAS

ATF
Activates CIMRT Team to Investigate Explosion

On
April 28,2001, an explosion occurred at the Highland Industrial
Park Complex located in Camden, Arkansas. The explosion involved
a bunker that was leased by a Federal explosive licensee. Approximately
142,000 pounds of assorted high explosives and smokeless propellants
were stored in the bunker. The explosion totally destroyed the
bunker and damaged surrounding bunkers, leased by various Federal
explosives licensees and permitees, up to a half-mile radius.

Photo of crater left by explosion

     

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