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Authorities puzzle over 3 bombs placed inside flashlights left in Phoenix area
Ass Press/WaPO ^ | June 10, 2012

Posted on 06/10/2012 7:13:22 PM PDT by upchuck

Flick the switch on these flashlights and they don’t light up. They blow up.

Three of these bombs have exploded within the last month in the Phoenix area, causing minor injuries to five people and raising fears of more serious ones.

Police still have no idea who is behind them and have taken the unusual step of putting up 22 billboards across the sprawling metro area to warn residents about discarded flashlights.

“The nature of the bombings are so random,” said Tom Mangan, a special agent at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix.

An explosive was placed inside the flashlights with a smaller battery and rigged so that turning it on would send an electrical current that triggered the blast, Mangan said. He declined to identify the explosive material.

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism because the targets have been random and there have been no messages or demands.

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“Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community and also to inflict serious injury or death,” he said.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: bomb; flashlight; flashlightbombs; phoenix; pipebombs
Read those last two paragraphs. Sure sounds like terrorism to me.
1 posted on 06/10/2012 7:13:40 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Test run?


2 posted on 06/10/2012 7:16:09 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: upchuck

First, they have to make sure the perps aren’t Islamic...
THEN they’ll call it terrorism.....


3 posted on 06/10/2012 7:18:57 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: upchuck

Terrorists don’t always “make demands”, sometimes they just want to kill people.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 7:19:33 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: upchuck

I know.. The paragraphs contradict each other.. Typical Lib Speak.


5 posted on 06/10/2012 7:32:01 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: upchuck

Our local Walmart was emptied yesterday, on a bomb threat. Someone found a pink flashlight near a trash can. Turns out it was a pink flashlight.


6 posted on 06/10/2012 7:40:35 PM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: upchuck
yep, the fool in charge needs a dictionary on terrorism. Oh wait, 0pansy has said it is a ‘man caused disaster’.
7 posted on 06/10/2012 7:44:45 PM PDT by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: upchuck

Back in the 1600s, when life was cheap, it was considered fun to disguise a small bomb as a money bag and leave it on the road for unsuspecting passersby.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 7:44:50 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: upchuck

You know, a bomb in a flashlight would really hurt someone. Minor injuries?

Are we talking about cherry bombs?


9 posted on 06/10/2012 7:51:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: All; upchuck

May be it’s a high schooler who paid attention in chemistry class and got bored now that summer’s here?


10 posted on 06/10/2012 9:01:20 PM PDT by newzjunkey (I advocate separation of school and sport)
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To: upchuck

Exactly....but since the war on terror is over...nothing to see here. Move along, move along.


11 posted on 06/10/2012 10:20:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

“America is safer than ever”.........really?


12 posted on 06/11/2012 3:39:58 AM PDT by Progov
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To: upchuck

Uh, this *is* the ATF, guys.

The same ATF who routinely spread lies that turn the basements, gun collections and prepper stores into “arsenals” and “bunkers” and their owners into paranoid, anti-government loners.

I’m not going to believe these things are destructive devices made with the intent to cause serious bodily injury or death rather than some idiotic prank until I see hard evidence.

This could be as simple as some kid cutting up a few sparklers or match heads and wiring them into the circuit with a simple igniter.

I think the key to the story is that the gov’t lackey “declined” to identify the “explosive.”

A terrorist would be using some home brew high explosive compound (TATP etc.) or at least smokeless/flash powder packed along with shrapnel.

If these “devices” had been of such a nature I doubt they’d be so cagey as to what is really going on.

I’d wager this is much ado about very little.. the gov’t cooking up hysteria in order to keep people in a state of fear and dependence.


13 posted on 06/11/2012 5:07:05 AM PDT by gzzimlich
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To: Progov

Apparently you don’t recognize sarcasm.....


14 posted on 06/11/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by Nifster
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