US Military Asking For Help Locating Explosives That Fell Off A Truck In North Dakota

By John Vibes

For more than two weeks, the United States Air Force has been scrambling to locate a crate of explosives that fell off one of their vehicles. Officials claim that the package was dropped in Mountrail County, North Dakota, on May 1 when a team from Minot Air Force Base was making an ammunition delivery between two ICBM sites.

It was not until 3 days later, on May 4, that the package was actually reported missing. Another twist of irony is the fact that this route was actually in the middle of the Fort Berthold Reservation, home of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Native American Tribes.

Mark Fox, reservation chairman is concerned that this could be a potential hazard for people in his tribe.

“Being a veteran myself, I fully understand that accidents happen at any level. But my hopes and prayers are that it is found soon somehow, to avoid any possible injury or tragedy,” Fox said.

The 91st Missile Wing Security Forces, a division tasked with protecting US nuclear missile sites from attacks, was allegedly responsible for the shipment. In the box was a cache of MK 19 automatic grenade launcher rounds weighing 42 pounds.

On May 11, the Air Force finally sent a search team of over 100 soldiers to comb the 6-mile route where the grenades were apparently lost, but they were unable to find anything. Now the Air Force is asking for help from the public and offering a $5,000 reward.

Sheriff Kenneth G. Halvorson told the Washington Post that these grenades can only be fired with specific government-issued weapons.

“This ammunition is specific to that launcher and will not operate in any other launching device without catastrophic failure,” he said.

However, Air Force Lt. Col. Jamie Humphries, a spokesman at Minot Air Force Base said that there is still a potential for danger because tampering with the container could result in an explosion.

On Wednesday, Minot Air Force Base spokeswoman Danielle Lucero told the Bismarck Tribune that they were giving up the search, but still hope that someone turns in the grenades. What this essentially means is that the Air Force is no longer willing to spend any money or time finding the grenades, but is instead hoping that someone else cleans up their mess.

“The Air Force does not consider this a criminal matter at this time. It is seeking the public’s help to ensure the safe return of the ammunition,” a US Air Force spokesperson said to VICE News.

However, it is safe to say that anyone who finds these grenades and keeps them without notifying authorities could end up with a SWAT team at their door.

It is actually extremely common for the military and police agencies to lose track of weapons and explosives, sometimes by mistake, and sometimes on purpose. For example, a 2014 investigation found that nearly 200 state and local police departments were suspended from Department of Defense contracts for losing military-grade weapons that were given to them by the Pentagon.

Even more concerning, last year, declassified Department of Defense documents showed that the US military intentionally gave rebel groups associated with ISIS a large cache of weapons and explosives to help them orchestrate regime change in targeted areas. Although this was an intentional exchange, the Pentagon attempted to sweep it under the rug and play it off as a mistake.

Officials are asking anyone with information on the lost grenades to call 911 or the Minot Munitions Reporting Hotline at 701-723-7909.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


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18 Comments on "US Military Asking For Help Locating Explosives That Fell Off A Truck In North Dakota"

  1. NobodysaysBOO | May 19, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    i told ya so! I have been saying for years that there is no need for preppers to buy expensive weapons of war just pick them up in the streets.

  2. Lil Miss oops my bad | May 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Reply

    With companies like, yahoo, aol, fb, Microsoft & google hoovering up all & every tiny peice of info data & tracking everything & everyone there is NO EXCUSE for “ loosing explosives” in the military!
    When they said theyd be asking for people to help find it my first thought was…
    It’ll be on the back of some mad as a cut snake Muslim terrorist at the next attack on innocent people, that’s where it is.
    I’m sorry US military “ oops , my bad” is not an excuse for loosing explosives not with the tracking capabilities we have these days.
    If that’s what really happened then the US won’t be winning any wars, civil or otherwise…your just too stupid.

    • lightingstrikesthrice | May 21, 2018 at 8:54 am | Reply

      Have we really ever ‘won’ a war? Has anyone? Profits were made, but an actual victory? Guess that is debatable. Excellent comments.

  3. Psychic Warrior | May 20, 2018 at 5:58 am | Reply

    Just check the nsa’s satellite footage.

    • Unfortunately, satellites don’t exist. If they did there would be no need to search. Just like you suggest.

      • B-Free (NL) | May 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Reply

        I suspect the flat earth psy-op is designed to protect the Apollo lie by pretending there are all these people claiming it’s all fake, satellites, near earth orbit, ISS and thereby make it appear people claiming (parts of) the space program is fake base on delusional arguments.

        • Your argument is a non sequitur. Maybe you could try and put together a paragraph that actually makes sense. Let me help you sort this out by taking one step at a time;
          You rightly call Apollo a lie. Why, in your estimation, did they fake the moon landings?

          • B-Free (NL) | June 15, 2018 at 11:52 pm |

            They faked the moon landings to pretend they caught up to, and passed, the USSR in space/rocket technology. And to siphon of billions of dollars.

            And to protect that lie and discredit the people questioning the Apollo program they put out loads of people that claim all of space is fake, including Apollo program. And come with the most ludicrous arguments to back up their claims.

            Like things that have fallen behind the horizon come back into view by zooming in. Which doesn’t work when you are already using zoomed in opticals.

            Also I can prove curvature on any straight flat (rail)road of a mile long. Just put your camera with good optical zoom 1 inch above the ground.

    • lightingstrikesthrice | May 21, 2018 at 8:33 am | Reply

      Right *laughing*. It is a wonder why they never do. Things that make you go hmm.

  4. “Intentional”? Disgusting!

  5. Laurence Almand | May 20, 2018 at 11:46 am | Reply

    Yet another example – among hundreds – of bureaucratic incompetence. In view of the present-day low caliber of recruits, and the habit of rejecting White males, it is no wonder our military is deteriorating. Many of the so-called “lost” weapons and ammo actually find their way to the lucrative black market controlled by the drug gangs. The military has always been known for incompetent management and waste, and this is only the tip of a huge iceberg. The only way to put a stop to careless military mismanagement is to subcontract the work to well-managed private companies. Keep in mind that the military “cannot account” for more than $2 billion in expenditures over the past 10 years.

  6. “Many of the so-called “lost” weapons and ammo actually find their way to
    the lucrative black market controlled by the drug gangs.”

    Drug gangs more often than not controlled by the C.I.A, or at least given aid by them.

    “The
    only way to put a stop to careless military mismanagement is to
    subcontract the work to well-managed private companies. Keep in mind
    that the military “cannot account” for more than $2 billion in
    expenditures over the past 10 years.”

    The government already sub-contracts a lot of various ‘work’ out to privately held companies, inclusive of military logistics, military operations. The total is much higher than you posit, try more like 2-4 trillion dollars gone ‘missing’.

    “… not an excuse for loosing explosives not with the tracking capabilities we have these days.”

    No excuse for loosing explosives not with the tracking capabilities we have these days. There you go, fixed that a bit for you. Explosives and munitions in general are logged during every aspect of their movement, use and those logs are ‘legally binding’ documents. The UCMJ requires that, or such was the case when I was enlisted in 1996, doubting standards have ‘fallen off’ that much. This also means the missiles placed on the hotel roofs while Bush Jr, was in FL on 9/11/2001 were logged every step of the way as well, meaning there was a planning to them being used that specific day and time, even prior to it. Sure, go ahead buy the lie “we couldn’t have known” that seems to prevail in the ‘official’ narrative.

    Alternately, see how quickly a FOI request for any documents pertaining to that day regarding such munitions gets denied. “We’re sorry the documents concerning that particular logistics have been misplaced, or do not exist”, will likely be the S.O.P reply back. I’m sorry too because such documents to my knowledge would, do exist. Misplaced? No, more likely buried and no search for them ‘authorized’ due to the CYA policies.

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