Sheriff Ron Long of Pulaski County, Missouri clarified on Monday that a cache of explosives found in October was likely not linked to any terrorist activities.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the explosives were discovered by a deer hunter on October 18 while he was making his way to a camp site in the Mark Twain National Forest. The hunter left the location and notified the sheriff’s office, which sent out a deputy to confirm whether the explosives were real. The deputy determined they were.

“The Sheriff’s Department is thankful that the hunter making this find was knowledgeable and used his common sense because the handling of these volatile explosives could have been devastating to him or anyone close by,” Long wrote in a press release.

According to Ozarksfirst.com, the explosives were stored inside a box in the middle of a jeep trail. The hunter told officials he served as a combat engineer and instantly recognized explosives when he opened the box. At least two bomb disposal units were called to the scene, along with members of a local fire department. Officials were able to confirm that the explosives were not of the type used for any recreational activity, but did not specify any further details other than determining that they were too volatile to move.

“There was a large box that contained several different types of explosives,” said Fort Leonard Sgt Eric Dean. “I can tell you they were commercial. They weren’t military grade, they were very dangerous but they weren’t military grade.”

The explosives were detonated where they were found. A small forest fire resulted from the explosion but was quickly put out by firefighters.

In light of recent events, some have questioned whether the incident was a case of thwarted terrorism. There were rumors that the box contained pipe bombs and improvised explosive devices similar to those found in Iraq, but officials have yet to confirm those claims. Sheriff Ron Long made a statement on Monday saying that after investigation by several agencies, it was determined that the explosives were not believed to have been placed there as act of terrorism.

“Recently, a national news outlet printed an article about Pulaski County and possible terrorist activity here,” Long wrote. “Yes, in October some explosives were discovered in a rural part of this County, but there was nothing found that indicated the material was linked to terrorist activity. Experts from the Army and Missouri Highway Patrol EOD Units were called in to examine the find, and then the FBI and ATF were notified and briefed about the matter.

“In conclusion, all agencies did not feel like the explosives were linked to terrorist activity. Even though we can’t completely rule out the possibility of the materials intended use was for adverse purposes, I will say this would be a very remote possibility.”

Long did not add in his statement whether officials had any suspects in the case. It is illegal in Missouri to own or possess certain explosives without a license.

It just goes to show that while in the woods, bears are not the only things hunters need to keep an eye out for.

File image from Bugeater on the flickr Creative Commons

  • Secundius

    In other words, You don’t want Federal Agent’s “Poking Their Noses In Your Bailiwick”…

    • Snug

      No , it more likely means the Fed’s told the sheriff that ” terrorism ,terrorists ” we’re not allowable words per Whitehouse directive .

  • I’m ready when you all are

    Those darn white Christian males were probably the ones who did it. This backwards Obama administration thinks white Christian males are more of a threat to America than the real terrorists. It’s been opposite day for almost eight years now.

  • hawkeye

    They didn’t “feel” it was connected to terrorism? “Feelings, nothing more than feelings………”

  • ljr

    Explosives are explosives whether or not military or commercial grade. A pipe bomb is a pipe bomb no matter what also. I bet a non-military explosive will harm people just as bad as a military one. Wake Up America!

  • Cub

    AMERICA, GET READY, MORE TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE BEING PLANNED BY OBAMA AND HIS TERRORIST BROTHERS, THAT IS WHY OBAMA NEEDS MORE HELPERS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOALS, AND THE THOUSANDS OF “REFUGEES” (MUSLIM TERRORISTS) THAT OBAMA WANTS TO INTRODUCE INTO THE USA, ARE THE SOLUTION THAT HE NEEDS !!! ________________________________________________
    After “Muslims” Bought all the Cell Phones in a Walmart Located in the State of Missouri, a Man Made a Horrific Discovery Buried Nearby.

    In early December, a Walmart store in the city of Lebanon, state of Missouri, in the USA, contacted authorities after two “foreign speaking” men, possibly Muslims, purchased 60 cell phones, but, because the officers lacked a legal reason to detain the men, the officers had to let them go, reported local station KYTV (for those of you who do not know, the muslims use the cell phones to detonate bombs, using the cell phones and a simple phone call from anywhere in the World).

    However, if the officers had been aware of what happened 30 minutes away along a trail in the Mark Twain National Forest, earlier in the month of October, those two men could conceivably be behind bars right now.
    News station KTVI explained that two months ago, a deer hunter found a cache of explosives so volatile, that the authorities had to detonate the explosives at the same site that they were found. Moreover, authorities claimed that the explosives could not be bought for recreational use, meaning whoever purchased them and put them there likely had a sinister purpose in mind.

    Now fast forward back to the present. Six days after the Walmart incident, a picture from a trail camera in a forest outside Fredericktown, which lies about two hours from Lebanon (USA), showed a suspicious-looking man meandering through the woods.
    Furthermore, a local resident named John Wooldridge told reporters he also saw the man.
    “I was just leaving the house and seen a man cross the highway, so I kind of watched him because I figured he was an hitchhiker,” he told news station KFVS.
    But after crossing the highway, the strange man jumped into the woods and started heading toward Wooldridge’s house. When Wooldridge went to inspect why, this happened:
    “The stranger came out of the woods, screaming, arms wailing, making a fist and screaming,” he explained.
    According to Madison County Sheriff Robert Spain (USA), the same man was also spotted about 16 miles south of Fredericktown a few days earlier.

    So within the span of just one week, “foreign-speaking men” in Missouri were seen purchasing large quantities of cell phones (60 at least) and hanging out in two separate forests. And two months ago, a huge cache of explosives were found in the woods of the same general area.

    GET READY AMERICA, THE MUSLIM TERRORISTS ARE IN THE USA, AND THEY ARE ARMED WITH FIRE ARMS AND BOMBS, AND THEIR LEADER SITS IN THE WHITE HOUSE !!!

    THAT IS WHY OBAMA WANTS TO BAN THE USE OF FIREARMS BY THE US CITIZENS, BECAUSE OBAMA DOES NOT WANT THE REGULAR AMERICAN CITIZEN, TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST WHAT OBAMA HAS BEEN PLANNING FOR A VERY VERY LONG TIME.

    • You’re amazingly stupid as what you’re screaming about and reposting is above and pretty much goes opposite of what you say. Unless you were there and planned the attacks so you know 100% of the “sinister purpose in mind.”