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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Little Too Close to the Olympics - 2 Tons Explosive Material Lost, Then Found in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Two tonnes of the powerful explosive ammonium nitrate that were believed missing have now been found, RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said late Wednesday afternoon.

"It was a clerical error and the missing bags of ammonium nitrate are now accounted for," said Vermeulen.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that two tonnes of the type of powerful explosive used in the Oklahoma City bombings was missing and the RCMP was investigating.

The ammonium nitrate was shipped from Alberta to North Vancouver last fall, Vermeulen said. It was then sent from North Vancouver to Surrey, where the discrepancy was noted and reported to police by Kinder Morgan, a pipeline and energy storing company.

"The amount is quite large. If you detonate 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate it would make for one heck of an explosion," said Andre Gerolymatos, a Simon Fraser University expert on terrorism.

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