The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) is investigating a high profile case involving the theft of nearly 560 pounds of explosives from a U.S. Forest Service facility in Red Lodge last month.
The forest service said that their bunker, located two miles south of the city of Red Lodge, houses the explosives for clearing trails, roads, and also disposing of dead animal carcasses. But in light of the recent bombings in Boston, many in Red Lodge are worried what the explosives could be used for.
"It's certainly cause for concern, the idea that there's much explosive material out in the hands of people who shouldn't have it," said Peter Christ, a resident of Red Lodge.
ATF is working on some leads, but so far, has no suspects in the case. Investigators are now asking for the public's help in tracking down the alleged thieves.
"We are living in a post-9/11 world and we've seen recent events on the east coast where explosives are miscued and used for terroristic purposes. That's always a possibility anytime we have explosives. That's why we're so concerned and that's why we make it such a high priority," said Ken Bray, the resident agent in charge for the ATF in Montana.
"We don't want to want to over react, nor do we don't want to under react on things. Suffice to say, emergency services here in Billings are very capable to deal with any sort of situation that may arise," said Billings police chief Rich St. John.
At this point, the ATF is offering a reward of $5,000 to whomever provides information that leads to the recovery of the explosives and the arrest of the suspects involved.
Anyone with information on the stolen explosives is encouraged to call the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB.