What: Al Qaeda is reportedly exploring a new way to attack the U.S., encouraging terrorists to make homemade “fire bombs” to start massive wildfires in California and the western U.S. Al Qaeda magazine article back in early May gave step-by-step instructions on how to build and use an “ember bomb,” which sends flaming embers out into the dry fields.
“The magazine had very specific outlines and drawings and details on how to create that ‘fire bomb,’ so we felt it was in our interest to go ahead and put that together and determine what kind of threat it was,” RRU Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said.
Who: CalFire personnel constructed the crude, very simple firebomb components following the published instructions. But the bomb didn’t ignite on the first try. Then since dinner was almost ready, they adjusted tactics and ignited the Ember Firebomb(Styrofoam cup with fuel in it) with a match and it burned for nearly 12 minutes, but it sent out no embers, and failed the test.
“It wasn’t as effective as they alluded to in the magazine,” “That doesn’t mean they couldn’t create something else, (but) we don’t see it being a real serious problem that they’re going to be able to use those here.” RRU Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said.