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Nervous Caller Leads Police to Missing Explosives

August 9, 1996 GMT

FORT SPRING, W.Va. (AP) _ An alarmed person who police believe stole about 2 tons of explosives from a limestone quarry called authorities today and told them where to find the volatile chemicals.

``The caller said they didn’t realize what they had gotten themselves into,″ state police Lt. J.D. Johns said.

The ammonium nitrate fuel mix, the same type of explosive believed used in the Oklahoma City bombing, were taken from ACME Limestone at Fort Spring, 90 miles southeast of Charleston.

Police received a 911 call early today from someone who said the chemicals were in a secluded area just outside of Ronceverte, about 10 miles from Fort Spring.


The chemicals were found on the banks of the Greenbrier River. Authorities believe they have found most or all of the missing chemicals.

The caller did not say why the chemicals were taken, Johns said. Johns did not know if the caller was a man or a woman. No arrests had been made by midday.

Eighty 50-pound bags were taken from a utility trailer late Tuesday or early Wednesday, when the company discovered them missing and called the authorities, said Tony DiRico, ACME president.

Federal investigators believe 40 50-pound bags of ammonium nitrate mix were used in the bomb that blew up the Oklahoma City federal building last year.