SeMo, Federal Authorities Seize Large Cache of Munitions in Pemiscot County

JULY 7, 2006 - Posted at 2:24 p.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - Both local and federal authorities in southeast Missouri have seized a large cache of explosives and munitions after acting on a federal search warrant on Thursday.

Pemiscot County lawmen were joined by federal agents at a residence on County Road 553 at Cottonwood Point, a rural area near the Mississippi River.  There, they allegedly found and seized 36 military artillery explosives, one pipe bomb, 18 weapons; 3,800 rounds of assorted ammunition, and illegal fireworks.

Authorities also say they found large amounts of  aluminum powder, smokeless powder and potassium perchrlorate, chemicals that police say are often used in the manfucturing of "powerful explosives."

Due to the amount of chemicals and explosives found, the Caruthersville Fire Department and local paramedics were also called to the scene, in the event that their services would be needed.

No arrests have yet been made in the on-going investigation, but "charges are expected to be filed by federal authorities" soon.