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Feds paying more than $100K monthly to store seized fireworks
AP via wlwt.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | staff reporter

Posted on 07/03/2012 5:00:41 AM PDT by Daffynition

COVINGTON, Ky. -

Federal officials have spent more than $8 million storing about $1 million worth of fireworks seized from a northern Kentucky dealer.

The storage costs continue to rise more than three years after a federal judge ordered the return of nearly half the fireworks.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is paying nearly $102,000 monthly to store 44 tractor loads of fireworks at the former Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant in Nebraska. Some of the fireworks may now be dangerously unstable because they have not been stored properly for five years, the newspaper reports.

Fallout from the investigation forced the ATF to re-evaluate its practices and led a U.S. magistrate judge to recommend sanctions against the federal government.

The top ATF official for Ohio and Indiana, whose office oversaw the northern Kentucky investigation, said he knows the storage costs will raise questions.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Kentucky
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Another ATF SNAFU.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 5:00:47 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

SNAFU? Only in the sense that it has been made public.

Tell me again what was so crazy and corrupt about Louis XIV and King George...


2 posted on 07/03/2012 5:05:24 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Daffynition

Idiots...


3 posted on 07/03/2012 5:17:19 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Daffynition

Guns for the Mexicans, but no sparklers for Sally.

When you read about what goes on in these federal law enforcement agencies, you have to laugh or you’ll cry. They are full of Little Hitlers and behavior that would be criminal if anyone without a badge carried it out - all under the rubric of undercover and/or ongoing operations.

Did they ever stop to consider that participating in, aiding and abetting criminal groups in order to nail this or that kingpin (which they rarely do) will still tend to increase the activity and attractiveness of said groups to non-criminals who know nothing about the sting operation? For example, if 3-4 ATF agents join a biker gang (as they did in that horribly-written book), the gang becomes larger (obviously) and more attractive to others via its size or menacing presence. To add insult to injury, all the wiretaps and recordings produced a pittance in terms of arrests, prosecutions and convictions.

Moreover, any federal agency is buried under a mountain of bureaucracy anyway, with ‘budget season’ viewed as a chance to perpetrate an annual fraud against taxpayers.


4 posted on 07/03/2012 5:23:01 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Daffynition

Let me see if I got this right.

The ATF confiscated this man’s Fireworks, and shipped them 800 miles away to have them stored.Stored in an old bunker that used to belong to the Government ,but is now in private hands. In a Bunker that would more then likely be sitting around empty if not for the ATF.

They have paid 8 million dollars to store 1 million dollars worth of Fireworks which they will probably have to dstroy anyway.

Common sense would say pay the guy the Million bucks, plus the $500,000 they cost him in this harrassment,destroy the Fireworks and get out of this mess.

It is pretty apparent that ATF has no idea WTF they are doing. F&F tells us that.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 5:32:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Daffynition

Boy the ATF sure knows how to show us how to handle Fireworks and required permits.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 5:45:37 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

Can we ship them to Malta?


7 posted on 07/03/2012 6:08:25 AM PDT by privatedrive
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To: Daffynition

I’m willing to dispose of them. Send ‘em to me - overnight delivery please.


8 posted on 07/03/2012 6:11:42 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: BerryDingle

The atf knows what it is doing...spending the purportedly unlimited supply of taxpayers money. Just how are they different than other government pinheads?


9 posted on 07/03/2012 6:12:21 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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“Some of the fireworks may now be dangerously unstable because they have not been stored properly for five years, the newspaper reports.”

In 400 years those fire works will still be fine. Morons.

Black powder is stable. It is a powder.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Venturer

The ATF should have gone away a long time ago.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 6:54:56 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Venturer
Stored in an old bunker that used to belong to the Government ,but is now in private hands.

Wonder which 'friend of' owns the bunker now...

12 posted on 07/03/2012 6:59:29 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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Political payoff to “rent” some pal’s building. That’s all this is. Has been practiced for decades.

35 years ago, it was discovered Kentucky was renting horse drawn snow plows and the building from a political “pal”.

Its just your government, representing your interests, at work. Go back to sleep now—so you’ll be refreshed for the next update on Tom Cruise’s divorce.


13 posted on 07/03/2012 7:26:05 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Jack of all Trades
It kills me to think no one will enjoy them!

Last week,at this time, we were in NH buying a significant amount of fireworks. Wish you could join us for the blast! We always have fun and get to meet the local cops on duty that night.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: buffaloguy

But if the storage was damp, wouldn’t the paper wraps be compromised and difficult to light the fuses? We’d be willing to try. :)


15 posted on 07/03/2012 9:27:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Federal officials have spent more than $8 million storing about $1 million worth of fireworks seized from a northern Kentucky dealer.

The storage costs continue to rise more than three years after a federal judge ordered the return of nearly half the fireworks.


...and some wonder why we don’t want them managing decisions concerning our health care...


16 posted on 07/03/2012 12:23:48 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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