UPDATE: ATF confident all explosives recovered from construction site



Investigators say they are confident all of the explosives stolen from a Lancaster County pipeline construction site have been found.

An ATF spokesperson says they believe the original amount of explosives reported was erroneous.

The announcement follows an additional 250 interviews the federal agency completed Saturday.

Officials say they are continuing to work on the discrepancy in the number of reported explosives, and will continue to investigate.



The ATF says a “significant” find has been made in the investigation into stolen dynamite from a Lancaster County pipeline construction site.

During a press conference held by the ATF Friday evening, agents say 320 cartridges of dynamite and 404 detonators were recovered. The original report indicated that double the amount of dynamite was missing. 

“At this point, we’re not — we don’t have a whole lot of faith, right now, in the accounting,” said Don Robinson, special agent in charge, ATF. 

Investigators believe that somewhere along the lines, a clerical error was made by crews logging inventory on the work site, causing the ATF to look for — possibly — double the amount of explosives that were stolen. 

 “If they didn’t use all of them out on the blast that day, they have to log it back into their systems so — into their books — so, what we did the inventory on was based on the numbers that were showing up in that paperwork,” Robinson said. 

They believe the explosives were most likely dumped where they were found within 48 hours. Unfortunately, the ATF say fingerprints cannot be recovered because the items were found in the water.

“We’re figuring, it was probably within the last 24 to 48 hours that the material was probably dumped here. The cardboard boxes from the detonators was not that deteriorated,” Robinson said.

The ATF says the biggest danger is the explosives were found in a public park.

The spokesperson also said it was a passerby who found the missing explosives. 

The explosives were stolen sometime after workers left the site on Friday. The worksite security company discovered the theft on Monday, after noticing the trailer door was ajar and the locks were missing.

The ATF interviewed about 200 employees on site about the theft. If caught the perpetrator, or perpetrators could face 10 years in prison.

The ATF is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen explosives and/or the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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