Media Alert

P.O. Box 3745
Moscow, ID 83843-1916
(208) 301.4254





Feb. 15, 2005





Explosives makers scramble for one last blast
Last chance for media representatives to experience explosives hands-on, at Boomershoot

WHAT: Boomershoot 2005 (Precision rifle shooting at exploding targets)



Long range shooting & explosions: Sun., May 1, 9am–3pm

Explosives preparation: Thursday - Sat. April 27-30, 8:30am-5:30pm


WHERE: Cavendish, Idaho

Directions --


WHY: All-American recreational enjoyment of pyrotechnics & guns



Joe Huffman, Event Director,, 208-301-4254


or Stephanie Sailor, Range Safety Assistant,














A new Federal law is sending explosives enthusiasts scrambling for one last blast on May 1, 2005, at Boomershoot, an annual extreme sporting event of rifle shooting at exploding targets, held in Teakean-Cavendish, Idaho. Available to media representatives are exclusive spectator/participator slots that include the opportunity to mix explosives and shoot rifles, courtesy of Boomershoot.                     


“This is your last chance to experience hands-on explosives mixing as a truly free American,” says Joe Huffman, Boomershoot Director, who holds an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE) license to manufacture high explosives.


The Safe Explosives Act of 2002 (SEA) – included as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 – will impact Huffman’s renewal of his ATFE explosives license this July. New requirements will also force his assistant explosives handlers to obtain letters of clearance from the ATFE. Details on SEA: 


“Media representatives, friends, and family help me prepare explosives for my annual event, but after Boomershoot 2005, anyone providing hands-on explosives help will be breaking Federal law unless they’re ATFE-approved,” says Huffman.

Intended to keep explosives out of the hands of terrorists, the act “will have no effect on terrorists – they don’t follow laws,” says Huffman. “The so-called ‘safe’ Explosives Act turns those having good, clean, safe, pyrotechnical fun into potential law breakers." Details on the negative effects of SEA:

Boomershoot explosives handlers after the 2005 event will be required by law to submit a form to the ATFE. Thereafter, they will undergo a rigorous background check, and will be added to a government database. The wait for processing could take several months. Link to ATFE form:

“Most people don’t want to be put on a government list to participate in a once-a-year extreme sporting event,” says Huffman. “The new law makes explosives-handling at Boomershoot 2005 a once-in-a-lifetime event.”


Huffman, a Senior Research Scientist for a government laboratory, started Boomershoot in 1998 to give people a safe space in which to enjoy the recreational pleasure of guns and explosives. At the May 1st shoot, 600 reactive targets containing over 1000 pounds of high explosives will be detonated – some of them large enough to be heard over seven miles away, causing cars and houses to shake two miles from the range.


Boomershoot has maintained an A+ safety record with participants adhering to strict standards of safe gun handling and operation. Spectators are welcome at this year’s event; shooter positions are expected to sellout.


To arrange for special media access to explosives mixing, range shooting, and/or a close-up spectator slot – and for additional information – please contact Joe Huffman, Event Director, at (208) 301-4254, or Stephanie Sailor, Range Assistant, at Visit the Boomer Shoot website at: ###