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Terrorism Continued from page 19. certain types of explosives can do, but also how they can be diag- nosed, handled, disabled or mut- ed, said Pyne. "A bomb is left up to the imagi- nation of the bomb maker," Pyne said. A key component of the training seminar, he explained, was exposure to and instruction in the most updated technological advances. Participants in the IABTI conference saw range powered by a half-pound of C-4. Little remained of the desk on which the bomb rested after it was detonated by remote control. Be- neath the few shards of wood re- maining after the explosion was a hole approximately two-feet deep. The conference also provid- ed participants with information about and instruction in state-of- the-art equipment, such as robots, x-ray products and personal pro- tection attire. While at the Air Force Base, participants were privy to the workings of a mill- tary bomb retrieving robot, the smaller state police robot and the military's explosive device ves- sel. Pyne said he is particularly enthusiastic about bomb-team members using robotics in their jobs. The basic Andros model "goes in and retrieves without blowing the bomb technician up, and that's what it's supposed to do," said Pyne. Pyne said the Delaware legisla- ture, through a recently passed bill sponsored by Rep. William Oberle (R-Beecher's Lot), is pro- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 13 viding $100,000 to upgrade the state police's bomb unit. One item slated for purchase from the funding is the new robot, Cub. Alfred Kaczorowski, an officer in the University of Delaware Po- lice Division and one of the IABTI conference coordinators, said the new robot will greatly en- hance the state police bomb unit's equipment. Like the state's cur- rent robot, "It's strong enough to drag a person," said Kaczorows- ki. The new one, however, moves on wheels rather than on the tracks, he said. "He'll be able to move a lot better on terrain and a lot faster," said Kaczorowski. Funds will also pay for training three additional officers, includ- ing Troopers 1st Class Mark Gaglione and Troy Pezzuto of Troop 7. The Delaware State Po- lice Bomb Disposal Unit is cur- rently composed of four troopers trained as bomb disposal techni- cians and two cross-trained, bomb-detecting K-9s. The new troopers are expected to join the unit in the spring of 1998. demonstrations of the use and ef- fectiveness of military explosives, bomb-squad gear and the ATF re- sponse-team truck. They were al- so familiarized with aircraft haz- ardous devices operations and military ordnance recoveries. Of particular interest to the Delaware contingency was the disrupter demonstration. Delaware State Police will soon add two new disrupters to its other resources for detecting and dis- arming bombs or explosive de- vices. Disrupters are used only af- ter technicians employ diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, to determine the nature of an explosive. The $3,000 machines resemble small guns and shoot shells into the bombs to disable them. The prac- tice is known as rendering safe. "If it's used in the city, we don't want it blowing up," said R.J. Brill of Royal Arms, the dis- rupter's manufacturer. "We want it taken apart, so it's safe for the public." The disruptor's function is to destroy the activations mech- anism in a bomb. Brill said specifics of how the equipment functions are classified and avail- able only to law enforcement agencies. Military personnel demonstrat- ed booby trap simulators, an M- 118 and M-119. Law enforce- ment agents often secure perime- ters, such as areas designated for drug confiscations, with M-118s and M-119s, which when activat- ed through trip wires provide illu- mination and a whistle alert. As he began demonstrating M- 115s, USAF Tech. Sgt. Wayne Simpson said M-115s artillery simulators are increasingly find- ing their way into civilian settings. Similar to the booby trap simula- tions, when detonated, the M-115s whistle an alert. The explosives, however, are not used as warn- ings. The military uses them dur- ing training exercises to simulate incoming rounds of fire. Al- though less powerful than explo- sives made with black powder, the photo-flash powdered explosives are powerful and can cause seri- ous injury or death. Simpson said he believed the explosive detonated inside Coconuts Seafood House, Dewey Beach, in 1995, was an M-115. Ten people were taken to Beebe Medical Center, and a man who attempted to kick the device away seconds before it exploded sus- tained serious burns on both legs, from his feet to his waist. The Air Force also demonstrat- ed the effects of a letter bomb When We Saw Plantations, We Said, "This Is Where We Want To Be'." 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Prices start at $113,500. For information, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. From Route One, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light onto Postal Lane, I then right on 275. I OPPOMVV.,TV A'n