ATF conducts training with day of explosions

GASPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives set off more than a dozen blasts Wednesday, including several vehicles.

The training took place in Gasport, and was for about two dozen students; all local first responders. The training was all about the post blast approach — the minutes, hours, and days after an explosion that investigators use to trace how it was made and where it came from.

Explosives travel at 24,000 feet per second and often come with shrapnel; ATF agents told News 4 things are even more volatile when you’re dealing with homemade explosives.

Agents said more homemade devices are being seen, and explosives are taking up more of their resources than in recent years.

“Mainly violent crime is our main goal however explosives lately have been taken pretty much a forefront with all the incidents going around across the country, across the world on a daily basis,” ATF Resident Agent in Charge Steven Dickey said. “So ATF has really stepped up our efforts.”

That effort, Agent Dickey told News 4, involves keeping local agencies in the loop, as they’re often the first crews on a scene.

The ATF post blast training takes place every other year. The blast scenes will remain intact for a couple days so students and study them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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