CBP Finds Incendiary
Device At Chicago's O'Hare Airport Bound For Japan
By Eddy Metcalf
November 9, 2011 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
officers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Monday made an
interesting discovery in outbound mail of a live
Vietnam-era military incendiary device that was being
shipped on a flight to Japan. CBP officers found the
device while examining outbound mail packages.
The item was manifested as a “military training dummie” valued at $55 and was being shipped from Missouri to Japan. Prior to initiating seizure, CBP officers spoke with the shipper who indicated that the item was acquired from an estate sale and sold on-line.
Based on the officer’s experience, the Chicago Police
bomb unit was contacted and subsequently determined that
the item was a live incendiary device, a
phosphorous-based flare M49A1.
with U.S. postal inspectors and the Chicago Police bomb unit,
the device was rendered safe and destroyed. The case is under
investigation; however, it is not believed that there was
harmful intent by the involved parties.
This live Vietnam-era military incendiary device was
intercepted by CBP officers as it was being exported through the
instance, a military incendiary device was intercepted by CBP
officers thus avoiding a potential catastrophic event,” said
David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago.
“This seizure further demonstrates CBP’s capabilities, expertise
and dedication towards protecting this country from harmful
items exiting or entering the country.”
trip flare is an early warning signaling device used to warn of
infiltrating troops by illuminating the area surrounding the
trip flare. This type of trip flare will provide a light
intensity exceeding 35,000 candelas for approximately one minute
where it can reach a temperature of almost 5,000 degrees
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at international mail facilities located throughout the country. CBP conducts enforcement operations on international mail and is on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped into or out of the U.S.
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