Stolen Military Explosives Found Buried in Arizona

Stolen U.S. military claymore mines, C4 explosives were found hidden in Arizona. A construction crew was working in Pine, a northern Arizona community, when they discovered 80 M112 blocks of military C4 explosive, nine M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mines with firing devices and one roll of military detonating cord back on October 27, 2017, however, the findings were just released to the public in early January 2018. According to the ATF, officials believe the items were stolen and buried there for around 20 years. The items were found buried five feet underground inside large plastic pipes.

ATF officials did not specify where they suspect the items may have been stolen from.

The agency is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the theft. The ATF is being assisted in the investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command and the FBI.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the ATF 24/7 hotline at 1-888-283-8477 or send an email to An anonymous text also can be sent via the ReportIt® mobile app, available through, using the ATF Phoenix Field Division as the location.

Found in Arizona -buried for 20 years


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