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WASHINGTON April 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department is concerned the use of chlorine bombs in Iraq is now a threat to the United States, USA Today reported Tuesday.
In Washington, Robert Stephan, Homeland Security's infrastructure protection chief said 150-pound tanks of chlorine are common throughout the world and terrorists have learned to make bombs from them that kill not only by explosive force but by suffocating victims with toxic fumes.
Chlorine taken from pool-supply company
Who would steal 1,600 gallons of chlorine? It's a question the people at Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies are asking after discovering the theft last Friday.
Staffers at the North Monroe Street pool-supply store "went to fill up a bulk customer (order) and it was empty, the lock was missing on the inside," assistant manager John Danner said Thursday of the 2,000-gallon tank.