HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - On a nice sunny day, you might not hear what happens at the ATF Explosives Range on Redstone Arsenal. If the cloud cover is right though, the sound of explosions can carry for miles.
Each week, a mix of military, federal agents and state and local law enforcement come out to the range to take classes. They learn about what to do after a bomb goes off, how to get rid of explosives and even how to use the pieces left behind to track down the bomber. All Public Service Bomb Techs are trained at the Hazardous Devices School.
"We're looking to identify the bomber. We're looking for clues, little pieces of plastic, switches, different things investigators can use to put the pieces together and find the bad guys," said ATF Special Agent Brad Earman.
When we were out at the range, a class was wrapping up. "Our bomb tech and ATF agents have been making homemade and improvised explosives all week. This is the cleanup shot where we're getting rid of that material and so these shots are going to be fairly loud today," said Earman.
And he was right! It made it easier to understand why we hear such loud noises coming from the arsenal.
Whether it's on American soil, like the Boston Bombing, or overseas in the form of a roadside bomb, each explosion on the arsenal really just indicates the sound of safety. Special Agent Earman said, "You know, safety is our top concern. That's why you hear the noise at Redstone."