The U.S. Finally Starts Regulating Sales Of Ammonium Nitrate

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Used in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh to attack the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and in the July Bomb attack on a government building in Norway — ammonium nitrate will now fall under federal regulation.Janet Napolitano yesterday announced how the new Ammonium Nitrate Security Program will affect buyers and sellers of the volatile compound.

Primarily used in fertiliser, when mixed with other substances the chemical becomes highly explosive, the new legislation will require anyone buying more than 25 pounds to register, be screened against a known terrorist list, and require any thefts to be reported within 24 hours.

This new legislation expands upon a chemical anti-terrorism bill already in effect, but it’s the first law to target ammonium nitrate sales specifically.

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