ATF

Sample Block


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY-04-08

Contact: Andrew L. Lluberes

202-927-8500

For
Immediate Release
www.atf.gov

March 31, 2004

ATF
PUBLISHES ANNUAL LIST OF EXPLOSIVES SUBJECT TO LAW

WASHINGTON
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives published
a notice in the Federal
Register
today containing the annual list of explosives that
are subject to federal law and implementing regulations.

The
list of 238 explosive materials published today is comprehensive but
not all-inclusive. Hence an explosive material may not be on the list
but still be subject to the law if it meets the statutory definitions.
All explosives on the list fall under the United States Code chapter
regulating the importation, manufacture, distribution and storage of
explosive materials.

ATF,
which became part of the Justice Department in January 2003, has jurisdiction
for the enforcement of Chapter 40 of the U.S. Code as well as for the
Safe Explosives Act passed by Congress in 2002 as part of the Homeland
Security Bill.

ATF
added two terms - tetrazole explosive and ammonium perchlorate having
particle size of less than 15 microns -- to the 2003 list. The former
encompasses all tetrazole explosive mixtures, and the latter is being
reintroduced to the list as a corrective measure. Ammonium perchlorate
having particle size of less than 15 microns appeared on the annual
list until 1991 after which it was inadvertently omitted.

Copies
of the notice can be found at http://www.atf.gov/pub/index.htm#arson.
More information on ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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