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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I obtain a current statistical report from the U.S. Bomb Data Center?
Contact the U.S. Bomb Data Center by calling the 1-800-461-8841, Reports will be provided to authorized federal, state, local law enforcement and fire service agencies. Other request will be consider on a need-to-know basis.
Q: How often is data posted to the Database?
Data is entered as soon as the U.S. Bomb Data Center has received the information: Incidents case information is updated throughout the case history of the file.
Q: Who can submit information to the U.S. Bomb Data Center?
Information is submitted by federal law enforcement agencies periodically. Other state and local law enforcement agencies provide information in a volunteer basis. The principle Federal contributors in the data collection effort are ATF, The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the United States Fire Administration (USFA).
Q: How do I obtain a copy of the printed Arson & Explosives Incident Reports for previous years?
Contact the U.S. Bomb Data Center for availability of printed copies; Distribution is limited to Federal, State, local fire service, and law enforcement authorities. Other agencies or activities will be considered upon request. For further information call the 1-800-461-8841.