Man Busted With A Ton Of Potassium Nitrate

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    While no evidence this guy was making bombs - why did he need 2000 pounds of Potassium Nitrate?




    Suspect in NYC chemical stash charged with reckless endangerment
    By COLLEEN LONG
    Associated Press Writer


    NEW YORK -- A Staten Island man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of reckless endangerment after authorities found a cache of potassium nitrate at a storage facility near his home.

    Miguel Serrano, 57, was being held on $250,000 bail. Potassium nitrate is often used in pyrotechnics, but authorities said there was no evidence that he was involved in making bombs or selling bomb-making materials.

    Acting on a tip from a vendor in Ohio, federal agents and police descended on the Staten Island home Thursday evening. Police said they found more than a ton of the chemical in a storage facility nearby. Small amounts of potassium nitrate, mercury, peroxide and sulfur were found inside the residence, authorities said.

    Serrano was apparently selling the chemicals in smaller quantities on E-Bay, authorities said. He was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and faces seven years in prison if convicted, the Staten Island District Attorney's Office said.

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    That pretty much answers that question.. Selling it on eBay.. And, it's used in making pyrotechnics, which around this time of year equates to 4th of July fireworks...
     
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    Yup, sounds good that they knew about it BUT sounds like they now are pressing a case for no good reason.

    hell I have about 1900 rounds of different ammo in my house. I bet they would claim that was dangerous as well if they knew.
     
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    On one hand, you can't blame them for being overly cautious...on the other, this shit's getting pathetic..

    I wonder what I'd be arrested for, and charged with if they found all the serial killer profiling books, and true crime books I have in my house...as well as the countless swords, daggers, and various other weapons...
     
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    and if it was used in a terrorist attack the agency would have been savaged. After what is going on in the UK we have to check every one of these incidents out
     
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    They checked it out. They do not even have a law making it illegal to own the stuff, thus the generic charge of " endangerment" They even admit they have no suspicion he is making bombs or is a terrorist.

    Ohh and Shattered? The usual ploy when arresting someone with a large "cache" of weapons is to have a picture of all those weapons and make misleading statements about them, never mentioning of course that none of the weapons are illegal nor any law broken by possessing them.
     
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    If the man has a valid reason for having the stuff- fine. They did their job and that is all I want

    Terrorist attacks are up, and there is no reason for letting something like this go without checking it out
     
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    There wasn't even any reason for it to make the news.. It's not illegal, he didn't have any partially made bombs (or anything else for that matter).. but he DID have an eBay account, with auctions running for it.. At *best*, it's illegal to sell them on eBay, which would entail eBay pulling his auctions - nothing more.
     
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    The lead of my post was there was no evidence of him making bombs

    If you found out your neighbor had 2000 pounds of Potassium Nitrate in his shed, would you want to know why?
     
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    Sure... But, that makes it newsworthy how? Especially if he has nothing illegal, and has done nothing wrong?
     

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