SPECIAL REPORT: Officials searching for missing chemicals, tank trailer

| 4/29/2004

Investigators have discovered that the apparent theft of a tank trailer in Pennsauken, NJ, came after the disappearance of potentially dangerous chemicals in North Jersey, according to news reports.

Meanwhile, both the tank trailer and chemicals are still missing. The FBI and New Jersey Counterterrorism officials are taking both thefts seriously.

The chemicals were taken from Eastern Concrete Materials in Bogota, NJ, on two occasions. In all, the thieves got away with 3,300 gallons of Rheocrete, an additive that prevents corrosion of steel supports inside poured concrete.

In its purest form, the chemical can be combined with other agents to concoct a bomb like the fertilizer bomb used to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City.

On the first occasion the thieves lifted 2,600 gallons of Rheocrete sometime between March 31 and April 5. That was before the 9,000-gallon tank trailer disappeared. The trailer was reported missing sometime between the 8th and 12th of April.

The second chemical theft of 700 gallons occurred between the 9th and 12th of April.

The FBI and New Jersey Counterterrorism officials are investigating both thefts, but the FBI says there's no evidence that they're connected.

For more information on the missing tank trailer, please click here.