Much appreciated to Michael Tarvin for putting this one in my lap.
The ATF has issued this warning in response to several IED's that were placed in in trail camera's.
Are you loving that sexy new logo as much as I am?
At first I thought it was a Justified referenced hoax. For the uninitiated, Justified was a long running TV series that is based primarily in Harlan County, and features a neo-Nazi bomb maker turned preacher turned drug kingpin as a recurring bad guy. Pretty good show.
Local news had issued this story in response:
Three trail cameras have exploded and injured people. Agents found an additional nine IEDs and dismantled them. They warn more devices may still exist.
Some of the trail cameras were found abandoned on paths in rural areas accessed via the Dave Smith Drainage Area, near the Woodland Hills subdivision, on the Little Black Mountain Spur.
The IEDs were designed to explode when a person inserted batteries into the camera. Other IEDs were designed to detonate by a trip wire. In some cases, containers like milk jugs or paint cans were placed near the IED.
The IED's were originally placed by Mark Sawaf. Mark, tragically, was shot by police before he could identify the locations of the other IED's. Police have had to comb through the brush of Harlan County looking for more of these devices.
The Kentucky.com article of Mark's arrest adds this information as to what it was and how he set them
The device was made using a Winchester 9mm shell casing, an unknown explosive material and a detonator, according to court documents. The device was designed to explode when batteries were inserted into the camera.
The ATF had previously been told that Sawaf was involved in the use of “exploding targets,” or targets that blow up when shot with a firearm, according to court records. An investigator previously determined that since Sawaf was not prohibited from using firearms, there was no criminal violation if he was shooting exploding targets.As a veteran of OIF and OEF, the legal definition of IED would seem to fit but my definition of the real McCoy, so to speak, is much different. What is curious about the traps that he set, they were not on his property and the cameras were inoperable. There is certainly a lot of meth and marijuana manufactured in those hills, so it stand as conjecture that Mr. Sawaf could have been involved or it could have been he was just a "hobbyist" as the article infers. Some of the local commenters seem to think it was a guy that was just tired of thieves, a stance which is more consistent from the evidence. If that is the case, I can certainly condemn his actions as a III percenter, but I only wish that he could have turned his rage into something more constructive then evoking the Code of Hammurabi in the most passive aggressive way possible.