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December 6, 2011 | Staff Report
Officials are investigating the discovery of three 16 oz. containers of gunpowder in a garage in East Germantown. The police bomb squad has been called to remove the explosive material. The Fire Department said it was called to the residence on the 5900 block of Devon Place at 12:52 a.m. by an occupant. In the garage, firefighters found the containers in a bag marked "Black Powder Highly Explosive," officials said. Besides the police, Homeland Security officials also responded to the scene.
NEWS
October 4, 1997 | by Joe O'Dowd and Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writers
Test results show that Kenneth Griffin, the fugitive robber killed by state parole officers, definitely had gunpowder on his right hand, police said. But the tests conducted by the police science lab don't clear up the uncertainty about the Sept. 26 shooting. The results may show that Griffin fired a gun, as a lawyer for the parole officer contends. Or maybe not. The 26-year-old parole violator was also shot in the right hand, according to Michael Quinn, his family's lawyer.
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December 27, 1999 | by Christine Bahls, Daily News Staff Writer
Twenty-five pounds of gunpowder. More than 1,000 fireworks. Some 300 firecracker fuses. At least two homemade detonation devices. And a recipe for nitroglycerin. All in a Queen Village rowhouse, discovered on Christmas Eve with a search warrant. And much of it - including a box marked bomb-making kit - was in plain sight, police said. The question is - what was James Richetti, a Wal-Mart employee who lived with his mother - planning to do with all this dangerous stuff?
NEWS
August 24, 1997 | By Catherine Quillman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Once, when a road crossed the old Rapps Dam here, it was a place for picnics and a popular swimming hole. Well before that, researchers say, the site was home to a munitions works that supplied the Continental Army. Not picnics but gunpowder has led several community groups to try to preserve the site if they can raise enough money. The focal point of the site today is the circa-1860 Snyder's Mill on Rapps Dam Road, which stands where the nation's first, and perhaps only, Revolutionary War munitions works, established by the Continental Congress, was built in June 1776.
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July 31, 1996 | By David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Members of a bipartisan congressional task force on terrorism tentatively agreed last night to give federal authorities wider power to wiretap suspected saboteurs. Task force members said they also expected to provide money for a study to determine whether to add chemical identification markers, called taggants, to black and smokeless gunpowder. President Clinton had asked for both expanded wiretap authority and the taggant study in a list of requests to Congress to strengthen the ability of the FBI and other investigative agencies to deter, detect and apprehend terrorists.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - The trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Trayvon Martin's body support George Zimmerman's account that the teen was on top of him when the defendant shot and killed Martin, an expert on gunshot wounds testified Tuesday. Forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio also used photographs of Zimmerman to point out where he appeared to have been struck during testimony that took up a significant portion of the day's hearing. Defense attorneys, who said they may wrap up their case Wednesday, were hoping DiMaio's testimony would help convince jurors of the truth of Zimmerman's claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
NEWS
August 23, 2000 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four people escaped injury yesterday when an explosion, apparently sparked by long-collecting gunpowder residue, rocked a Route 202 pistol and archery range. Investigators said an attendant and three people using the range were in Target World, at Route 202 and County Line Road, at 10 a.m. when the blast sent a cloud of smoke pouring from several doors. Sgt. Robert Scafidi, acting police chief, said the explosion left a two-foot crater in the concrete floor but no other structural damage.
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May 4, 1995 | By Michelle Conlin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Behind the crumbling walls of the mothballed Montgomery County Prison in Norristown, county officials say, the Sheriff's Department has for years stored confiscated gunpowder, ammunition and fireworks. The makeshift armory - yesterday, officials said, it contained more than 150 pounds of gunpowder, about 2,000 rounds of ammunition and thousands of fireworks, some capable of shredding fingers and even causing death - sits in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood, and across the street from the County Courthouse and a post office.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | For The Inquirer / SCOTT ROWAN
A show of firepower had onlookers ducking and flinching at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington on Labor Day. In addition to touring the 240-acre estate, the original Du Pont mills, spectators could watch a special "Big Bang" presentation, in which cannons and gunpowder were fired.
NEWS
February 15, 1988 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
Two bombs, drugs and more than $2,000 in cash were found in a car stopped early yesterday morning in the Elm section of Winslow Township. Both bombs were disarmed by members of the Camden County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, said Sgt. George Fallon of that department. The car's driver, Paul M. Kennedy, 29, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was charged with two counts of possession of a destructive device, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a stimulant.
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July 11, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - The trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Trayvon Martin's body support George Zimmerman's account that the teen was on top of him when the defendant shot and killed Martin, an expert on gunshot wounds testified Tuesday. Forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio also used photographs of Zimmerman to point out where he appeared to have been struck during testimony that took up a significant portion of the day's hearing. Defense attorneys, who said they may wrap up their case Wednesday, were hoping DiMaio's testimony would help convince jurors of the truth of Zimmerman's claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
What does it take to be a Civil War reenactor? Here's a view from Don Ernsberger, a Lansdale author of several Civil War books and one of about 8,000 reenactors at a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg on Sunday. A larger reenactment by up to 15,000 reenactors will be from Thursday to next Sunday on Table Rock Road. How does someone become a reenactor? Most people who become reenactors have had an interest in Civil War history, and generally, they will attend a reenactment, meet a group of reenactors, become acquainted with them, and come to a meeting.
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December 6, 2011 | Staff Report
Officials are investigating the discovery of three 16 oz. containers of gunpowder in a garage in East Germantown. The police bomb squad has been called to remove the explosive material. The Fire Department said it was called to the residence on the 5900 block of Devon Place at 12:52 a.m. by an occupant. In the garage, firefighters found the containers in a bag marked "Black Powder Highly Explosive," officials said. Besides the police, Homeland Security officials also responded to the scene.
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | By Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
MARI, Cyprus - Dozens of containers of gunpowder seized years ago from an Iranian cargo ship exploded on Cyprus' main naval base Monday in a massive blast that killed 12 people, wounded 62, and wrecked a major power station, causing extensive blackouts. The head of the island nation's navy, Commodore Andreas Ioannides, was killed and its defense minister and military chief resigned. Ioannides' son contended that top officials had repeatedly ignored his father's warnings that the gunpowder was stored unsafely.
NEWS
November 9, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A raucous, overflow audience jeered both District Attorney Seth Williams and filmmaker Tigre Hill last night as they and two other participants conducted a firestorm debate over the Mumia Abu-Jamal case at the National Constitution Center. After it was over, lawyer and activist Michael Coard handed Hill a letter from Philadelphia lawyer David J. Wolfsohn demanding that he "immediately cease all screenings" of his new documentary about Mumia, "The Barrel of a Gun. " After a screening of the movie before a standing-room crowd of about 250 people, Williams and Hill struggled to get their words out as the predominantly pro-Abu-Jamal audience shouted at them.
NEWS
December 10, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
Cai Guo-Qiang is a master of the momentary. His eternity is found not in an hour but in a flash. Best known for his spectacular fireworks displays at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cai is in Philadelphia for tomorrow's presentation of a huge fiery flower that will soar 90 feet into the darkening sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art and, a bit later, for a smoldering indoor event at the Fabric Workshop and Museum on Arch Street. Gunpowder drives the whole, a reflection on memory and time's inexorable passage, and an hommage to Anne d'Harnoncourt.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
"Cut it out!" Backstage at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Miranda Lambert is laying down the law. As usual, the object of her wrath - in this case, Delilah, the "terrier-slash-whatever mix" who's yipping at a visitor to the country starlet's tour bus - falls meekly into line. That's one smart doggie. For if the mutt has been listening closely to her master's work - like the 2005 hit CD debut Kerosene, and its follow-up, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which topped the country charts on its release in May - she's learned an unmistakable lesson: Miranda Lambert don't take no mess.
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August 23, 2000 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four people escaped injury yesterday when an explosion, apparently sparked by long-collecting gunpowder residue, rocked a Route 202 pistol and archery range. Investigators said an attendant and three people using the range were in Target World, at Route 202 and County Line Road, at 10 a.m. when the blast sent a cloud of smoke pouring from several doors. Sgt. Robert Scafidi, acting police chief, said the explosion left a two-foot crater in the concrete floor but no other structural damage.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2000 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years I've heard about rack-and-pinion steering. Never knew how it worked. What's a rack? What's a pinion? OK, OK, I'm technologically challenged. Well, now I know how rack-and-pinion steering works. Lisa Marcinkowski showed me. She's education coordinator at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, on the 235-acre site where French immigrant Eleuthere Irenee du Pont started making gunpowder almost two centuries ago. The simple mechanism is one of the hands-on demonstrations in the exhibit "Easy Does It!
NEWS
December 27, 1999 | by Christine Bahls, Daily News Staff Writer
Twenty-five pounds of gunpowder. More than 1,000 fireworks. Some 300 firecracker fuses. At least two homemade detonation devices. And a recipe for nitroglycerin. All in a Queen Village rowhouse, discovered on Christmas Eve with a search warrant. And much of it - including a box marked bomb-making kit - was in plain sight, police said. The question is - what was James Richetti, a Wal-Mart employee who lived with his mother - planning to do with all this dangerous stuff?
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