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CIA Left Inert Explosives On School Bus After Exercise (reuters.com) 73

An anonymous reader writes: Students were transported in a Virginia school bus carrying inert explosives left by the CIA, officials said. The explosives were discovered in the engine, only after the Loudoun County Public Schools bus was undergoing maintenance. "The CIA assured Loudoun officials the training material used in this exercise is stable and posed no danger to students on board the bus," it said in a statement. The school district said the inert explosives, left behind by a CIA canine team, were inside a container and part of them apparently fell out into the engine space.
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CIA Left Inert Explosives On School Bus After Exercise

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  • April Fools... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    ...unfortunately not...

  • Intert? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by surfdaddy ( 930829 )

    If they're intert, they're not explosives. They are imitation explosives.

    • Re:Intert? (Score:4, Funny)

      by radaos ( 540979 ) on Friday April 01, 2016 @04:24PM (#51825433) Homepage
      OMG! They left an oxymoron on the bus!
      • Was a photo also found of a someone making a gun shape with their fingers and holding a note making no demands?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Inert explosives: Safe enough to keep on your kids' school bus, but a 4oz container of it in your carry-on is an incident.

      • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

        by meerling ( 1487879 )
        Inert is a munitions that won't explode, period. Often a device filled with concrete. In the case of trying to imitate a c4 device, clay or playdo.
        However, almost anything can be made to explode if know what you're doing. So long ago in junior high (this was before all the stupid paranoia) in science class we made explosives from many things, including charcoal, sugar, and steel. It's just basic chemistry. As to the sugar, we didn't just make it explode, we also made some rocket motors from it. It's a high
        • by Anonymous Coward

          However, almost anything can be made to explode if know what you're doing.

          And have access to a sufficient quantity of antimatter.

    • If they're intert, they're not explosives. They are imitation explosives.

      Thank God they didn't leave a clock.

    • by Megol ( 3135005 )

      There are a lot of high explosives that could be considered (practically) inert in the standard form. Without a proper initiator most military explosives are almost impossible to get to explode, requiring something like an intensive fire triggering a high speed deflagration that transform to a detonation that in turn triggers the explosive. Very unlikely.

      But I agree that this is probably an imitation using something like modelling clay with traces of some explosive in it.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        No, they were real explosives according to ABC (http://abcnews.go.com/US/cia-accidentally-left-explosive-training-material-school-bus/story?id=38079658)

        “CIA and Loudoun County explosives experts have confirmed that the training material did not pose a danger to passengers on the bus,” the department said. “As a precaution, all buses that were used or were near the training exercise at the Briar Woods High School were further searched and nothing was found."

        Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudo

      • by TRRosen ( 720617 )

        Yeah, they would probably need something like a super high voltage shock to set it off. Luckily there's nothing like that in a engine compartment.

    • For the school kids safety did they leave live gasoline in the engine compartment too?

  • They were investigating the potential for bomb-sniffing schoolchildren.

  • by Joe_Dragon ( 2206452 ) on Friday April 01, 2016 @04:42PM (#51825497)

    The bus needed to get over 50 to arm them any ways

  • Sooo.... (Score:4, Funny)

    by watermark ( 913726 ) on Friday April 01, 2016 @04:59PM (#51825579)

    The bomb sniffing dogs failed their training then?

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by DavidMZ ( 3411229 )
      Or maybe trained so well that they just thought "this stuff is inert anyways, why bother?"
  • "Hey Bobby, look what I found under the seat! It says, 'Area fifty one time portal module 7'. And a button! I wonder what happens if I pr [ZZZZERRRRRP]..."

  • The story is NOT an April Fool's Joke -- it really happened!
  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Friday April 01, 2016 @06:43PM (#51825879)

    Shouldn't this be the FBI's job?

    Yeah I know this is a joke anyway.

    • So the CIA has to go out of the US do to their training too?

    • by tobiah ( 308208 )

      good point, the CIA is not allowed to operate in the USA ..or in my kid's school

    • No shit; the CIA doesn't look for explosives in school buses; other people look for the CIA's explosives in school buses (and in this case would appear to have found them).
  • ...until they explode.
  • an ineptly failed false flag operation intended to justify continued war against brown people
    • an ineptly failed false flag operation intended to justify continued war against brown people

      Extremely inept, considering that the exercises were announced beforehand.

  • I would imagine that if *I* left an inert explosive on a school bus after a training exercise I had that I would not get off as lightly as these people in the CIA just did.

    I also noticed that the wording is such that the implication is that these were not in fact explosives but they stopped at saying that. If they were not explosives then they would say that these were not explosives. Since they were explosives then they have to make it sound like it wasn't a big deal by calling them "inert".

    I guess that

    • FYI, I live in, and my daughter attends school, in this district. Here are a few details not in TFS (direct from LCPS):

      In response to this incident, the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Marshal, LCPS and the CIA announced that this particular training program has been suspended until a thorough review of all procedures is completed. As part of the training exercise last week, canine explosive detection training was conducted in areas inside and outside of Briar Woods. During the outside portion, a container

  • Don't you just love a country that uses our kids as a training exercise. Nothing worrisome about that at all!

  • used busses only cost about a grand or two but they needed to borrow busses from a school district?

    • used busses only cost about a grand or two but they needed to borrow busses from a school district?

      Actually, they borrowed the whole school.

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