In Wake of Chelsea Bomber’s Conviction and Las Vegas Shooting, State Senator Marisol Alcántara And Assemblyman David Buchwald Urge Regulation of Explosive Tannerite

Tannerite is still available for purchase by individuals of any age, online or in person
October 17, 2017

New York, NY - State Senator Marisol Alcántara (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) called for the regulation of the explosive material, tannerite, after both the conviction of Ahmad Rahimi on charges stemming from the September 17, 2016 terror attack in Chelsea and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Tannerite, an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder, was used to create IEDs used in September 17 terror attack. Authorities found large quantities in the Las Vegas shooter’s vehicle. Both legislators urged the passage of their bill, A.1511/S.4314, which would add tannerite to the list of explosive materials requiring a certificate to purchase in New York State.

“The fact that Manhattan federal court sees Tannerite as a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ should tell New Yorkers all they need to know about the dangers of this explosive. Anyone using tannerite for legitimate purposes will be able to do so under our legislation, while criminals and terrorists will have an easy source of legal explosives cut off. This legislation is simple common sense, and I plan on fighting for its passage in the next Senate session,” said State Senator Alcántara.

“Justice may be served by the conviction of Ahmad Khan Rahimi, but I continue to worry that anyone can buy Tannerite, even though most explosives use requires a license. Since 2014, I have proposed that New York State regulate Tannerite and similar compounds that the FBI has said can be used in improvised explosive devices. In 2016 and 2017, both before and after the Chelsea neighborhood bombing, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation on this topic, but the State Senate did not. I am encouraged by Senator Alcántara's renewed pledge to be a vocal advocate for Senate approval of regulating Tannerite. Domestic terrorists should not have such easy access to these dangerous compounds.” said Assemblyman David Buchwald.

Mr. Rahimi was convicted on October 18 for his role in the bombings, including using a weapon of mass destruction, after he constructed and placed four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Chelsea, Seaside Park, NJ, and Elizabeth, NJ.

Tannerite was also found in large quantities in the Las Vegas shooter’s vehicle, prompting speculation that he intended to use it to cause a large explosion.

Both legislators urged the passage of their bill, A.1511/S.4314, which would add tannerite to the list of explosive materials requiring a certificate to purchase in New York State.