Boston Bombing Suspect Bought Fireworks From Same Company As Failed Times Square Bomber

U.S. Officials Say Investigators Have Recovered Only One Handgun

FBI agents visited the Seabrook store Friday, interviewed staff and checked its computers. The FBI will not comment on whether investigators visited the store, agent David Couvertier said.

Weimer said it’s not his company’s first brush with terrorist activity. In 2010, Faisal Shahzad was seen on surveillance video buying consumer-grade fireworks mostly made up of paper and cardboard from a Phantom Fireworks store in Matamoras, Pa.

The attempted Times Square attack fizzled when the explosives in Shahzad’s vehicle produced smoke, but no blast. Shahzad later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison in the U.S.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg re-introduced legislation that would require background checks for anyone looking to buy explosive powder.

“It defies common-sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked,” he said in a statement. “Requiring a background check for an explosives permit is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of our communities.”


Two U.S. officials said Wednesday that investigators have recovered only one handgun believed to have been used in a gun battle with police.

One official said the serial number on what they described as a 9 mm pistol was scratched off. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the investigation still in progress.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said over 250 rounds were fired in the shootout. Police said the men also used explosives. Davis also said shots were fired from the boat where Tsarnaev was found. It wasn’t clear whether he was armed when he was captured.

U.S. officials also said the Boston Marathon explosions were triggered by a remote-controlled detonator.

Two officials on Wednesday said the bombs were not very sophisticated. One of the officials described the detonator as “close-controlled” — meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs.


Meanwhile, lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to the Boston bombings.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., says it doesn’t appear yet that anyone “dropped the ball.” But he is asking federal agencies for more information about who knew what about the suspect.

Conflicting stories appeared to emerge about which agencies knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s six-month trip to Russia last year how they handled it.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on immigration legislation that her agency knew about Tsarnaev’s journey to his homeland.

Information-sharing failures between agencies prompted an overhaul of the U.S. intelligence system after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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