United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC)

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United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC)

Serving as the national repository for arson and explosive related incident data.


To Increase regional and national situation awareness by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information and intelligence products to assist U.S. federal agents, investigators from state, local, tribal, and military departments, and international partners in preventing violent crime and acts of terrorism.  These products use statistical and technical information, as well as analysis trends related to the criminal use of explosives and arson.

1976: ATF began collecting, storing, and analyzing records on arson and explosives related incidents.

2004: The Attorney General mandated that all Department of Justice arson and explosive related incidents be consolidated in a single database, known as BATS.

Quick facts about the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS):

  • 11,300 active users
  • 2,500 inter-agency partners
  • Information about 400,000+ arson and explosive related incidents
  • Mobile BATS (mBATS): Allowing real-time reporting of incidents into this secure national database

Quick facts about the National Explosives Tracing Center (NETC):

  • Partnerships with Defense and Explosives industry aid in tracing recovered explosives
  • Trace back to point of origin, including intertate movement and international commerce
  • USBDC also collects, monitors, and maintains information about the theft and loss of explosive materials in coordination with U.S. law enforcement agencies and disseminates security alerts to U.S. law enforcement partners.


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Last Reviewed April 26, 2018