Bomb School Wraps-Up With a Bang

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WOWT 6 News was on hand Wednesday as the FBI administered final exams at the last day of Bomb Recognition School.

A variety of explosives were detonated to show their power.

The training is geared toward the first responders, the officers who would be first on the scene if a suspicious device is found.

FBI bomb experts start small demonstrating how terrorists can cause minor damage or ignite a bigger bomb.

Omaha Police Bomb Squad Commander Sgt. Matt Manhart said, “We want to educate them in regards to the fact that sometimes what they do encounter does have some devastating effects.”

Local cops walk away with more knowledge and respect for homemade bombs they might come across.

Sgt. Ray Harrod, with the La Vista Police Department said, “Yes, we would be the first responders to locate these devices so we need to know what to do and how to treat them.”

Each officer gets a certificate for passing the two day course in improvised explosives detection.

Special Agent in Charge Tom Metz said, “Basically, educated them to the dangers, the wires the chemicals. The various danger signs for them to look for."

In the past four years, the FBI has conducted nearly three dozen explosives classes for law enforcement in Nebraska and Iowa.

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