Homemade bomb instructions easy to find, unsafe, says RCMP officer

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A Google search of “how to make a pipe bomb” turns up more than two million results and asking the search engine “how to make a bomb” returns 198 million results although not all of them involve instructions.

When it comes to learning how to making explosives, the Internet has made it a lot easier to learn how, says an RCMP officer with the explosive disposal unit in Halifax.

But Cpl. Ron Robinson said it’s also not safe.

“You think that you’re doing something right and you’re entering into a dangerous situation that could cause injury,” he said in an interview with The Guardian on Friday.

Robinson said with the prevalence of social media and Internet access there is a lot of information available, including videos and tutorials, on how to make explosive devices.

“Basically anything that your imagination can basically come up with. All that information is on the Internet, unfortunately.”

A Google search of “how to make a pipe bomb” turns up more than two million results and asking the search engine “how to make a bomb” returns 198 million results although not all of them involve instructions.

In his own 12 years of experience working in the explosive disposal unit, Robinson has seen a lot of reports from other jurisdictions where things have gone wrong with homemade explosives.

He also remembered one incident in Halifax several years ago during which a boy made a pop bottle bomb that involved mixing chemicals, which leads to pressure build-up and eventually an explosion.

In that case, the boy took it on the bus and the chemicals mixed prematurely.

The bottle exploded releasing toxic fumes and the bus had to be evacuated, Robinson said.

“Not understanding what he had or what he was doing.”

 

 

Organizations: RCMP, Google

Geographic location: Halifax

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  • don
    June 20, 2014 - 17:58

    only in the capital. this is the 2nd pipe bomb guy on pei and both in ch'town..just because you can learn how to do heart surgery does not mean i can do. i wonder what did he plan on doing with them? but i can not understand one thing why is it the greatest city in canada does not have a bomb unit here? saves time of calling in the RCMP.

    • Magellan Aaron
      June 21, 2014 - 13:01

      I understand the fear of being able to find instructions on how to make an explosive device being easy on the internet. Especially for RCMP and other law enforcement people, this must feel shocking and cause stress. However, before the internet, I remember being a child and learning how to make basic gunpowder from a library book. It was fascinating, but I never actually made any bombs. I was more interested in rocketry, and to build a rocket, you need a controlled explosion. I think it's the mentality of the person, or lack of education that is the problem, not just because there is information on how to do it. For example, probably the simplest bomb would be putting gasoline in a bottle. You don't need the internet or a book to figure that out. Instead of blaming the internet, libraries, tv, etc... for people building bombs for fun, why not go around to schools and show the mishaps and dangers that can arise from attempting it. Then the children, adolescents, or adults will learn the dangers and maybe think twice about making one.

    • don
      June 21, 2014 - 16:07

      Magellan Aaron. they can make good bombs right on a farm. if you want it. but what was he going to use the bombs for? pipe bombs are made for one reason only to kill.