Explosive detonator stolen from post


Pictured is an improvised explosive detonator similar to one that was stolen from Camp Atterbury. The detonator was stolen sometime before Monday morning from the base near Edinburgh.

Police and Camp Atterbury military officials are searching for a control box used to simulate explosions from roadside bombs that was stolen from the military post during the weekend.

The missing item is an MPT-30 firebox, which is used in training to simulate explosions from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, Camp Atterbury spokeswoman Capt. Jessica Cates said. Those types of explosives are typically homemade bombs, such as roadside bombs encountered by troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, or the pressure cooker bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon.

The control box is just one component of the training device and doesn’t contain an explosive or charge, so it is not dangerous on its own, Cates said. The control box connects to a cartridge containing pyrotechnic training charges and can be activated remotely by radio control, according to Pacific Coast Systems, which manufactures the MPT-30 device.

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