SPRINGFIELD - Under legislation unanimously passed out of the House and now headed to the Senate, two explosive substances linked to worldwide acts of terrorism would be banned in Illinois and subject to a class 4 felony for possession. HB 5406, sponsored by State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign), would ban the explosive substances triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD).
“Both TATP and HMTD have been used in a large number of suicide bombings and other attacks worldwide,” said Brown. “Unfortunately, law enforcement is encountering these substances more and more. Just two years ago we saw three instances of law enforcement coming into contact with these highly explosive chemicals in Illinois. Last year, that number jumped to thirteen. With no commercial or residential use for TATP or HMTD, there is no doubt that those possessing these chemicals intend to use them for malicious activities.”
“The legislation that has been introduced will create a great stepping stone to making Illinois a safer state for its citizens, law enforcement and first responders,” said Sergeant Rick Beaty, Secretary of State Bomb Squad Commander.
“Given the instability of TATP and HMTD, dropping these items on the ground, physically manipulating the compound or even exposing them to direct sun light can make these items detonate. There are simply no safe applications for their use.”
According to GlobalSecurities.org, TATP can be easily prepared in a basement lab using commercially available starting materials obtained from hardware stores, pharmacies, and stores selling cosmetics. TATP is a fairly easy explosive to make, using acetone, hydrogen peroxide, and a strong acid such as hydrochloric or sulfuric acid.
HB 5406 would allow authorized members of the armed forces, fire fighters and law enforcement to possess TATP and HMTD, which are often used for training purposes. The substances would be also be permitted for educational or scientific research purposes.
HB 5406 passed the House by a vote of 113-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.