Fox 4 news reports cell phones & propane threat
The threat is potentially against businesses, events, and shopping locations with cell phones as detonators and propane as the bomb. The detonation would cause shrapnel and fireball igniting secondary fires. Situation awareness is important over the holidays. Threat includes KC metro and Midwest cities. ALR
Now, another incident has some people wondering if we are in danger of a terrorist attack in our area. A large number of propane tanks have been reported stolen from several locations is Independence and Lee`s Summit.
At the end of November, a BP gas station in Lee`s Summit reported 18-20 propane tanks stolen from the outside cages. That same night the CVS on Southwest 3rd Street reported the exact same crime.
Two weeks later, the CVS on East 23rd Street in Independence was hit, and 28 tanks were stolen from that location.
Sources within law enforcement say they received an urgent safety email about the propane thefts.
While there are several ways those tanks and cell phones phones can be used, in this climate, terror attacks are always a consideration.
Retired FBI agent Michael Tabman says it is up to law enforcement to investigate and try to connect the dots.
“Certainly, we hear something about gas being stolen we worry about a potential bomb. The good news is this is probably not part of terrorist planning for a number of reasons,” Tabman told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.
“One is they wouldn't steal these items because they know that would attract law enforcement's attention. Also this would not be a tool of choice,” he continued.
The FBI would not comment on the cell phone purchases or propane thefts, only saying that they encourage the public: If you see something, say something.