The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad has a sizeable area of responsibility, and they’ve been busy lately, especially with the two local cases of homemade explosives in Greece.
Sgt. David Gutzmer and his team with the MCSO’s Bomb Squad are responsible for detecting, collecting and disposing of any type of hazardous device involving explosives. Gutzmer wants to let the community know, if you’re creating bombs, like the two recent local cases in Greece, you’re breaking the law.
“When they do that, they are in possession of an explosive device, or a destructive device which is breaking the New York State penal law, and that fall under criminal possession of a weapon charge, which is a felony in New York,” says Gutzmer.
For Gutzmer, the Internet age today is allowing people to get their bomb making directions and recipes online, which is a formula for a major hazard adding, “They could injure themselves on a premature explosion or detonation, that would cause injury, death or damage to the immediate environment.”
Gutzmer says his job is dangerous enough without people experimenting and making bombs at home. Thankfully, they have lots of goodies to assist. He adds, “Our gear set is filled with specialized tools, that can render these items safe.”
With thousands of hours of training, a massive black truck filled with the latest in bomb-neurtalizing accouterments, including bomb suits, dismantling robots, and tools of every trade, the squad stands ready. Gutzmer adds if you see something….say something. Don’t attempt to diffuse a device on your own.
Gutzmer says part of their mission is to educate the public on explosives via outreach talks. If you’re interested in scheduling a session with the bomb squad for your workplace or living quarters, you can put a request in at https://www2.monroecounty.gov/sheriff-index.php