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Bomb Help 2002

bulletC-4 Bomb.
bulletJust a Terrorist.
bulletOut in the Boonies.
bulletWeapons Grade Plutonium.
bulletTerrorism Class.
bulletFight Club
bulletMore Beavers

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These web pages on get searched for bomb building information via google,, yahoo, etc. every day.  Here are the number of searches broken down by month for 2002.

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C-4 Bomb

From: Fatih []
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 3:57 AM

can you send me an email how to make a c4bomb

From: Joe Huffman []
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 4:29 AM
To: Fatih
Subject: RE: c4bomb


You might want to take a look at

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Just a Terrorist

From: terrorist []
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:31 AM
Subject: large primers

i wish to detonate a 1 ton barge bomb, main charge calcium ammonium nitrate with improvised semtex booster tubes, please give tech spec of good high performance primers and detonators for my t.p.u

I didn't respond -- at least directly.  I looked up the domain name of the email address, found it was in the UK, and forwarded the message to New Scotland Yard.  Perhaps they delivered a response.  They did thank me:

Dear Sir

Thank you for your email. This has been passed to our Anti Terrorist Unit.
Thank you for thinking of us.

Email Office
Metropolitan Police Service
New Scotland Yard
London SW1H 0BG

Most likely it was a joke, but as I told New Scotland Yard, it's not my job to figure that out. 

My brother had a response for 'carlos' too but I didn't send it:

Dear Carlos,

A simple method I would recommend for you works as follows:

First you must place your faith in Allah, do not attempt this unless you are a true believer.

Place a 4 foot square pallet on 24" long legs made of 2" pipe on a concrete floor. Make certain everything is perfectly level and shim the legs until the pallet sits solid and is free of wobble. Place your main charge consisting of 20 bags of 100 lbs each on the pallet being careful not to tip things over. 

Once all the explosives are on the pallet, crawl under it with a sledge hammer. Say a simple prayer, asking Allah to levitate the pallet of explosives until the proper moment at which time he can detonate the explosives, drop them to the ground or whatever. After the prayer, remain under the pallet while you use the sledge hammer to knock out all four of the pipes under the pallet.

At this point, your work is done, leave the rest to Allah. I am certain Allah will do whatever he can with the explosives, with proper timing to get best effect for fighting evil.

Sincerely yours,

terrorist teddy

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Out in the Boonies

From: Phillip [mailto:crazyp86]
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:59 PM
Subject: Simple explosives

Hey, my name is Phillip and me and a few of my friends live out in the boonies. We have been making small bombs out of old CO2 cartriges, fireworks, and other things. I was wondering if you could give us some real simple chemicals (stuff that we could get very easily, maybe even around the house) and how to put them together. We are very careful in what we are doing. We have a large cleared out area at my friends house where we have all of our fun. I would appreciate it very much if you would give m e some instructions for a couple simple, but effective bombs, or some other websites that we could brainstorm from.

P.S. If you feel that you can't tell me how do make these explosives, please give me some websites or other references, and please write back. 


My response:

Sent: July 25, 2002
To: CrazyP86
Subject: Simple explosives

Sorry. I don't help people make bombs.†

As for web pages you might be interested in please check out:


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Weapons Grade Plutonium

From: tim man
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 11:22 PM
Subject: this mite sound dumb.

I just read your page, it is cool, and I know I
am more then likly not going to get what I want out of
this but do you know how to make weapons grade
Plutonium? if you do and don't want to tell me then
that is all cool, but if you do can you? thanx

My response:

From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 7:24 AM
To: tim man
Subject: RE: this mite sound dumb.

I don't know to make it -- but I know people that do. I work just a few miles from the Hanford reactor site. And you don't have to make it yourself. Call 509-375-2400 and tell them what you want you. Arrange to meet them -- they won't ship it because it's too easily detected. 

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Note: The number given is for security at the site.

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Terrorism Class

From: Elissa 
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 4:23 AM

Hey Joe,

Do you know anything about explosives that are detonated via cell-phones? Is there a maximum distance that the caller must not travel past, or could he conceivable set it off from hundreds of miles away. I realize this may be a silly question. I know almost nothing about explosives. Any response would be appreciated.



From: Joe Huffman
Friday, November 15, 2002 6:39 AM
To: Elissa
Subject: RE:

The problem is that the wires to the electrical detonators pick up the signals from the cell phones (and other radio transmitters) like they were radio antennas. The distance depends on the power and frequency of the transmitter, the length of the wires, the position of the wires (vertical, horizontal, parallel, underground, etc), and the sensitivity of the detonators and probably a dozen or more other things. With the 'right' configuration and a powerful (radio station or powerful radar) transmitter it could happen from hundreds of miles away. With an ordinary cell phone and reasonable care in the placement of the wires it is probably safe if the cell phone is 1/4 mile or more away.

Why do you ask?

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From: Elissa
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 4:56 PM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: Re:

You may not believe me considering some of the emails you get, but Iím a grad student taking a class on terrorism, and part of my grade will be based on the presentation of a 15-page, hypothetical operational attack plan. "Using primarily the internet," Iím supposed to pick an active terrorist group to copy, and then using their ideology, plan an assault on either a prominent figure or a landmark of the US.

I not allowed to use suicide attacks, so part of the proposal needs to involve escape plans. Thatís why Iím asking about cell-phone detonations.

People always complain that the internet is just filled with information on how to build and plant bombs, but Iíve yet to find much support of this argument. In fact, all I can find are websites talking about how dangerous the internet is now. I donít know. Maybe things have changed since 9/11. All I know is Iím having a very difficult time coming up with the specific technical parts of this plan.

I think Iíve decided to (hypothetically) attack a mall since thereís practically no security, theyíre crowded, and they seem like the type of target my chosen group would go after. Iíd like to set off bombs in several different key pubic areas, as well as some car-bombs in the parking garage. The main goal of my terrorist group will be death and destruction, but actually bringing down the building would be considered a big plus. However, I know about as much about main building supports as I do about explosives, so I still have a lot of research to do.

Iíve read that C-4 causes the most destruction and is fairly stable. Iím not sure how easy it would be for a terrorist cell to get control of this, though. Itís supposedly easy to make at home. I need to know how small a truly destructive bomb could be (could it fit in a backback, or should I come up with other carrying devices?), and how difficult it would be to set it off by a timer or a remote control.

Any further advice youíd like to give would be much appreciated. I understand that youíre unwilling to give precise details about bomb-building. I donít believe I need to get that specific for the paper.

Thank you for your response.

From: Joe Huffman 
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 11:06 PM
To: Elissa
Subject: RE: Terrorism class.

If you are a grad student then you could send me an email from your school rather than something through a hotmail account.

An email address for a professor would be nice too.

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From: Elissa
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 12:24 AM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: Re: Terrorism class.


I originally wrote to you through my Hotmail account because my school account doesn't work through Internet Explorer's Outlook Express. I asked a question, which you answered. Thank you. I didn't expect the contact to go further than that, but you then asked me a question. I answered truthfully. If you don't believe me, then that's understandable. I don't intend to upset my professor by having the Dean calling his students into the office, though.

I appreciate the help that you have given. No further advice is needed.


From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 10:18 AM
To: ATF Intelligence Division; FBI Internet Tips
Subject: FW: Terrorism class?

I recently received this email.

It may be exactly what he/she says it is, but that's not my job. It's yours. Let me know if I you need further assistance in this matter.

Here is the email header with the originating IP address:



From: FBI Internet Tips
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 8:25 AM
Subject: FBI Response

Thank you for your tip to the FBI Internet Tip Line. It is being
evaluated for it's strategic value, and will be disseminated, if
appropriate, for further action. It is the policy of the FBI to not
provide results of that evaluation or action to the providers of


David N. Rushing/jbv
Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Headquarters
Washington, DC

From a Microsoft friend in the Bomb Help Fan Club:

From: Steve 
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 10:07 PM
Subject: RE: [BoomerShoot] Status info. Bomb Help Fan Club.

" school account doesn't work through Internet Explorer's Outlook Express..."

Oh sure, blame it on Microsoft.

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Fight Club

From: Tyler Durden
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 7:41 AM
Subject: bomb


i had read your letter in the past.
i looking for information to build a bomb too.
can you help me?


As it turns out "Tyler Durden" is the name of one of the main characters in the movie "The Fight Club".  This character uses explosives for less than socially acceptable purposes.  The originating IP address for the email resolved to Hamburg Germany.

From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 6:05 PM
To: Tyler Durden
Subject: RE: bomb

Maybe. What is the email address of the local police department in Hamburg? Or barring that, the national police agency in Germany?

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From: Tyler Durden
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 10:06 AM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: last question

i think you like jokes,
but my question was can you give me information?
yes or no ?


From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 10:49 AM
To: Tyler Durden
Subject: RE: last question

I don't help people wanting to build bombs.

So the answer is no.

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Bomb Help Fan Club responses.

From: Lyle 
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [BoomerShoot] Status info. Bomb Help Fan Club.

i want to no how too destroy the werld and dilever allof mankind to allah can u help

sean penn

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More Beavers

From: Cole B []
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 9:11 PM
Subject: Beaver Dams

Mr. Huffman I need some help in the area of blowing beaver dams. I live in GA and GA DNR does not like for anyone to blow dams unless very necessary. But this dam is huge and is causing several problems in my duck swamp. What I need to know is what, besides dynamite, is the best way to blow the dam? Please let me know. THANKS

Cole B

From: Joe Huffman []
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 9:23 PM
To: Cole Blackburn
Subject: RE: Beaver Dams

Sorry. I don't know anything about blowing up beaver dams.

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Email from the Bomb Help Fan Club.

From: Lyle 
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2002 11:48 AM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: Re: Beaver Dams

Hmm. I would think a good beaver dam would be just the ticket for maintaining a duck swamp. Otherwise, I would think trapping or shooting the beaver, then using a shovel to breach the dam, would take care of the problem.

Oh, by the way, I often have problems with wasp nests in my attic, and under my deck. I need to know how many pounds of high explosive I should use to clear out each one. I am sure you can understand my plight. Also, any sources of enriched U-235, or plutonium, for such legitimate purposes, would be especially helpful. Thanks in advance.
-- L

In order to be truly appreciated, you need to know the writer of the following message is a lesbian friend of mine.

From: travelGirl 
Monday, December 23, 2002 9:24 PM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: RE: Beaver Dams

you get GOOD emails... all i get are guarantees to increase my penis size... (grin)... 

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Email: Joe Huffman
Last updated: December 30, 2004