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Chemicals Found at Staten Island Home
AP/NY Daily News ^ | 6-29-07 | ADAM GOLDMAN

Posted on 06/28/2007 10:34:03 PM PDT by STARWISE

Authorities descended on a Staten Island home Thursday after learning of the presence of large amounts of potassium nitrate, authorities said.

Police discovered more than a ton of the substance in a storage facility near the home. Small amounts of potassium nitrate, mercury, peroxide and sulfur were found inside the residence.

The resident, a man in his 50s, was taken into custody and charges were pending. His name was not released.

The substance is often used in pyrotechnics, but NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Thursday there was no evidence the man was involved in making bombs or selling bomb-making materials.

The man was apparently selling the chemicals in smaller quantities on the Internet, authorities said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives was investigating.

Joseph Green, a senior special agent with the ATF, said an Ohio vendor who deals with chemicals notified the agency Thursday that a resident of Staten Island had ordered a large quantity of chemicals.

Police evacuated a block in Graniteville, on the west side of Staten Island. The area around the house was cordoned off as concerned residents waited to return to their homes.

Police were not sure when residents would be allowed home. The chemicals first had to be moved to a site in the Bronx.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: explosives; graniteville; kno3; potassiumnitrate; saltpeter; statenisland

1 posted on 06/28/2007 10:34:04 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: Cindy; NYer; tutstar

PING ~~!


2 posted on 06/28/2007 10:34:23 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE
His name was not released.

Hmmmmm
3 posted on 06/28/2007 10:36:17 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: STARWISE
The substance is often used in pyrotechnics, but NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Thursday there was no evidence the man was involved in making bombs or selling bomb-making materials.

Sounds suspiciously like "Terrorism has been ruled out"

4 posted on 06/28/2007 10:38:24 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: neodad
The resident, a man in his 50s, was taken into custody and charges were pending.

Perhaps just an outstanding parking ticket?

5 posted on 06/28/2007 10:44:40 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: STARWISE
"an Ohio vendor who deals with chemicals notified the agency Thursday that a resident of Staten Island had ordered a large quantity of chemicals."

BOLO!

6 posted on 06/28/2007 10:44:58 PM PDT by endthematrix (a globalized and integrated world - which is coming, one way or the other. - Hillary)
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To: bang_list

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7 posted on 06/28/2007 10:46:19 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: STARWISE

“Bombs? Why no officer, I just felt the need for a ton of explosive material near my home.”


8 posted on 06/28/2007 10:49:25 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: STARWISE

I remember buying a 5-pound jar of potassium chlorate at the age of 16 or 17, with no more difficulty than if it had been kitty litter.


9 posted on 06/28/2007 10:51:54 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: TomGuy
His name was not released.

It is probably Billy Bob or Mohamed, take your pick.

10 posted on 06/28/2007 10:52:48 PM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: STARWISE

There used to be a fireworks company in that area.


11 posted on 06/28/2007 10:59:55 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: STARWISE

Ever been to Staten Island, kinda makes sense


12 posted on 06/28/2007 11:02:31 PM PDT by bybybill (`IF TH E RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: ccmay
I remember buying a tin of potassium nitrate from the druggist as a young 15 year old. He asked me what I wanted it for and I told him that my mom wanted it for her garden. He smiled and sold me enough potassium nitrate to build a few small rockets. If I were doing the same these days, I would have purchased it over the Internet. My rocketry club would know where to get it.
13 posted on 06/28/2007 11:03:09 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: TomGuy

Mohammed? Achmed? Arbella?
Mahmoud? Ussama? Ali? Yousef?
I GOT IT!

RUMPLESTILSKIN!!!

Now where’s my pot of gold?


14 posted on 06/28/2007 11:25:03 PM PDT by Gideon T. Reader (DEMOCRATS: Not quite American. PALESTINIANS: A proud history of mindless violence since 1964.)
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To: FARS; milford421; Calpernia; Velveeta

Ping.


15 posted on 06/29/2007 12:35:49 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: STARWISE

Small amounts of potassium nitrate, mercury, peroxide and sulfur were found inside the residence.

I wonder what the BATF would think of the ammonium nitrate and sulfur in my barn? Or the bottle of hydrogen peroxide and old mercury thermometers in my house? Geez! The farm supply outlet is close to my house.......I'm a goner!/sarc

16 posted on 06/29/2007 1:03:32 AM PDT by Sarajevo
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To: Sarajevo; STARWISE

My roommate in college was a chemistry major whose family owned a farm in rural Minnesota. He told me that it was common practice for farmers who wanted to get rid of tree stumps or create an “instant pond” for watering their livestock to blast them out using a mixture of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel (the same ingredients used in the Oklahoma City Federal Bldg bombing) detonated with blasting caps, all readily available from local farm supply stores. I asked him why they didn’t just use dynamite (also readily available). He said the fuel + fertilizer mixture was a lot cheaper, though sometimes they did use dynamite for the tree stumps, because of the convenience. This frugality seemed reasonable to me.

I thought these were interesting facts, but never considered myself threatened by my country neighbors having easy access to high explosives. Likewise, all the neighbors I’ve gotten to know in this country area near the Blue Ridge mountains keep a variety of potentially dangerous equipment, including firearms, handy for various purposes, but this fact, if anything, makes me feel more secure rather than less secure. Neighbors tend to take care of each other out here.

I guess the folks in NYC have a different class of neighbors.


17 posted on 06/29/2007 2:13:34 AM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: STARWISE

Hmmmm, I wonder who would buy Potassium Nitrate over the internet? I would think they would be very interested in who actually bought the stuff. I know I am.


18 posted on 06/29/2007 2:16:21 AM PDT by WildcatClan (Duncan Hunter '08....A Leader right out of the box, batteries included, no assembly required)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

I *don’t* know; but let me add to this with our current socialist environment.

These chemicals are also used to make fireworks.

Currently, NY/NJ citizens are being cracked down on for having fireworks.

Traditionally, we would drive into Pennsylvania and buy fireworks. NY/NJ are trying to force Pennsylvania into not selling to us. Rumor is, State Troopers have been going into Pennsylvania and obtaining the lists of purchasers from the stores. Then, if we bought there, we are added to a ‘watch list’.

Two days ago, NJ officials held a demonstration at the Kean University parking lot to show us minions how dangerous fireworks are and STATED to us, NOT to attend illegal firework displays.

Like I said, I have no idea if this chemical find is related to the current fireworks crack down; but it is food for thought.


19 posted on 06/29/2007 5:13:27 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: nw_arizona_granny
More coming out now.

Authorities Investigate Chemicals Found at Staten Island House

Excerpt:

Police discovered more than a ton of potassium nitrate in a storage facility near the home. Small amounts of chemicals were found at the home. The man who lived there was being questioned by authorities.

The man was apparently selling the chemicals in smaller quantities on the Internet. Police say there is no link to any terrorist activity.

Police evacuated a block in Graniteville, on the west side of Staten Island. The area round the house was cordoned off as concerned residents waited to return to their homes. Rumors circulated earlier that a more sinister chemical had been found.

John Mausch, 46, lives around the corner and said he was only somewhat relieved when he found out it was potassium nitrate.

"I came out and saw all the police -- I got very alarmed,'' he said.

Joseph Green, a senior special agent with the ATF, said a vendor who deals with chemicals notified the agency Thursday that a resident of Staten Island had ordered a large quantity of chemicals.

The man apparently became alarmed because the same buyer ordered a vast quantity of the same substance previously. The first order was delivered to the buyer.

20 posted on 06/29/2007 6:11:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: TomGuy

“His name was not released.

Hmmmmm”

Go to www.silive.com You can read all about it and get the guy’s name.


21 posted on 06/29/2007 6:42:22 AM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats, AlQaeda and the ACLU working together to destroy America)
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To: STARWISE

"Well now. What could this guys name possibly be? Could it beeee........MOHAMMED!

22 posted on 06/29/2007 6:45:12 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (WHERE'S THE FENCE ? THE BILL IS DEAD !! Vote Conservative. Vote Duncan Hunter - 2008)
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To: All; LottieDah
Excerpt:

CHURCH DIRECTOR

Serrano is the spiritual leader and director of the nondenominational faith-based group, Hands of Hope, according to Advance archives. He was previously the pastor of Sowers First Missionary Church and was also involved with the New Dorp Baptist Church.

He reportedly has a past felony conviction and served federal time at a Connecticut prison, being released in 1988.

Serrano also apparently served a little under a year in jail, from June 1995 to May 1996, for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to the Department of Correctional Services database.

Much more at link, bump

23 posted on 06/29/2007 6:49:33 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Coleus

Criminal pastor, unlicensed chemical salesman tidbit

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1858122/posts?page=23#23


24 posted on 06/29/2007 6:50:45 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: bybybill

Lived there for 11 years. The best thing about Staten Island is the zoo. :)


25 posted on 06/29/2007 9:26:02 AM PDT by SoKatt
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To: Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek

‘Neighbors tend to take care of each other out here.’

I live in the Appalachian Zone here in Southeast Ohio, and you express the same viewpoint I’m fortunate enough to have.


26 posted on 06/29/2007 9:30:15 AM PDT by Badeye ("In 2 weeks, I join the list of UNEMPLOYED". ...Goldi-Lox (karma comes around))
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To: STARWISE

Pottasium nitrate is used for stump removal as well. Maybe he was starting his own business.


27 posted on 06/29/2007 9:45:34 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Calpernia

Interesting updates.

Fireworks have been outlawed in much of the west for many years, I am not able to recall having seen them for sale in Arizona, since 1970.

They have massive fireworks shows in the parks.

I saw a fireworks stand along side the road explode in El Paso, about 1952, as I recall one or more died, the one that I saw was hurt badly.

I do not like them, never understood why people went to see a fake war of exploding fireworks and would not go to war and fight for their freedom.


28 posted on 06/29/2007 7:05:48 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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