Chlorine bombs a “real possibility” in the U.S.

28 April 2007: We’ve seen the use of chlorine bombs in Iraq against out troops and coalition forces, and now we are seeing instructions posted to Arabic language boards on how to use such bombs against targets inside the United States. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has issued warnings to U.S. chemical plants and bomb squads to be on the lookout for chlorine bombs here in the U.S.

Over the last few months, at least a half-dozen chlorine truck bombs were used by terrorists to kill upwards of 100 people and injuring and sickening hundreds of others. The toxic fumes released by the improvised chlorine bombs have the capability to be quite lethal. One of the more significant attacks in Iraq involving the use of a chlorine laden truck bomb took place in Ramadi earlier this month, killing 27 people and injuring more than 3 dozen others with the fumes released from the bomb.

Combine this “new” tactic being used by Islamic terrorists in Iraq with the recent increase in thefts of chlorine tanks in the U.S. According to law enforcement sources, a number of recent thefts of 150 pound chlorine tanks, particularly from water treatment plants in California, are causing concern among officials. A number of advisories have been issued to law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to monitor such thefts, and to increase security of industries storing and using chlorine.