ALBANY, N.Y. — A state lawmaker says a recent bomb blast in New York City makes clear that the state should restrict access to explosives like Tannerite, commonly used in targets at some shooting ranges.
Assemblyman David Buchwald, a Westchester Democrat, sponsored legislation that passed the Assembly earlier this year that would restrict access to compounds sold with instructions how to combine them to facilitate a detonation.
Tannerite is made by combining ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder.
Buchwald says the materials are easy to buy and press reports indicate its residue was found in the Manhattan bomb that hurt 29 people last month.
His legislation would require a state certificate before buying, using or storing it.
Tannerite Sports LLC says it’s trying to determine if its product was identified in the blast.