U.S. Bomb Data Center

U.S. Bomb Data Center sealThe U.S. Bomb Data Center (USBDC) facilitates the collection, storage, and analysis of strategic information on incidents involving arson and the suspected criminal misuse of explosives, and provides timely and relevant investigative leads and intelligence products to the fire and explosives community. USBDC customers includes federal, military, tribal, state, local and international partners.

USBDC mission and history


Bomb Arson Tracking System

The Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) is a free web-based case management system of national arson and explosives incident information. The system is available to U.S. law enforcement, military and public safety agencies at the federal, state and local level. Each agency administers their own BATS account by authorizing users and controlling other agencies' level of access to their information.

BATS training and support

Access BATS

Arson and explosive intelligence

The USBDC produces a number of unclassified public reports each year. The Explosives Incident Report (EIR) and Arson Incident Report (AIR) review bombings, threats and incidents related to explosives and arson from information reported to the USBDC through BATS.

View all data and reports

Download the 2018 Explosives Incident Report (PDF)

Explosives tracing

The USBDC provides explosives tracing services to duly authorized law enforcement agencies in the United States and those in many foreign countries.

Tracing is the systematic tracking of explosives from manufacturer to purchaser and/or possessor for the purpose of aiding law enforcement officials in identifying suspects involved in criminal violations, establishing stolen status, and proving ownership.

How to request an explosives trace

Theft or loss of explosives

Any person who has knowledge of the theft or loss of any explosive materials from their stock must report such theft or loss within 24 hours of discovery to ATF and to appropriate local authorities. USBDC staff are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding the reporting of theft or loss of explosive materials. 

How to report explosives theft/loss

Contact the USBDC

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
U.S. Bomb Data Center
3750 Corporal Rd
Huntsville, AL 35898

Phone: (800) 461-8841

Email: USBDC@atf.gov

Frequently asked questions about the USBDC

Last Reviewed October 29, 2019