Crackdown on bomb-making materials to focus on retailers

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Homeland Security officials in West Virginia are organizing to encourage large stores to keep an eye out for people making suspicious purchases.

Emergency management employees from across the state recently attended an Alabama seminar on how to spot people buying bomb-making materials.

Those include items such hydrogen peroxide campho fuel.

They were told those people often are found in big-box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot, where they can buy those materials in large quantities.

"They'll know the ones who haven't always been their customers; the ones who come in and make them very nervous, because they're buying a very large supply of something people normally buy in a very limited amount," says Wood County Emergency Services Director Mike Shook. "When they approach them and ask them questions about it, they're very evasive or they walk away."

Those who spot what they believe to be suspicious activity will be encouraged to contact a Charleston-based office, the Fusion Center, that will collect information on the purchases.