Inside the FBI’s Secret Bomb Warehouse

When the U.S. military finds an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED, they send it to TEDAC, short for “The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.” The goal of TEDAC is to study the techniques of bomb makers overseas in order to stop terrorist attacks in America. Inside the secret government warehouse, the bomb remnants are analyzed, catalogued and archived exclusively using the SURE-Pak System.

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Virginia PHOTOGRAPH BY RON BLUNT













TEDAC uses the SURE-Pak Bulk Container System for all their material handling needs. The bombs arrive at the lab’s processing center in SURE-Pak bulk containers with dozens of smaller corrugated boxes inside that hold parts of the IEDs. Each bulk box is assigned a code that determines how quickly it must be analyzed, usually based on whether the device killed or injured U.S. troops. Analysts sometimes find bits of bone or uniform amid the debris.

The SURE-Pak System is essential in the material handling, storage and organization of  the bomb remnants. The lab’s future value may be realized in all the bombs and bomb components stored in those 1,161 big white SURE-Pak reusable containers, stacked three units high.  “There may be clues in here, and you don’t know which device will be important,” says FBI Agent Michael Davitch, a Tedac supervisor. “This is a library of modern IED warfare.”

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