Explosives Stolen from Government Munitions Storage in W.V.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) -- State officials are trying to locate powerful explosives that are believed to have been stolen from an isolated storage bunker in Mason County.

The two cases that went missing in early October at a Talon Manufacturing Co. bunker in the Point Pleasant area contained tetryl and RDX. Tetryl is a toxic chemical that is heat and shock sensitive and can be used as a detonator. RDX is a key component in plastic explosives.

The locks on the bunker were cut off and removed, and officials were concerned that the explosives may have been stolen by professional criminals, Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis told WCHS-TV of Charleston.

``It has become a very big concern at the Fire Marshal's office,'' Lewis said.

Talon was storing the World War II-era ammunition to be recycled.

The state Department of Environmental Protection declined to say what amount of tetryl, an environmental hazard, is being stored at Talon facilities in Mason and Wyoming counties, citing Homeland Security concerns.