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The Youngstown Bomb squad spent the day Thursday training at Genarro Pavers in Lowellville.
It was all part of a seminar for members of the squad on improvised explosives. Bomb technicians from the FBI were on hand.
They said more of these homemade devices are popping up everyday, and it’s important for local authorities to be familiar with what’s new.
“I think the job nowadays is a lot more complex and a lot more difficult. A lot more of these improvised explosives versus conventional explosives that contained IED’s,” said Special FBI Agent Dan Pillitiere, who is a bomb technician.
Organizers said many of the explosives today contain common materials that people can pick up at department stores and hardware stores.