I want to make this clear on the front end that I am NOT seeking this information for ill-use.
I work for a news station in Nashville (WSMV, NBC affiliate) and I have to research how some Joe Shmoe managed to procure himself high-end explosives and blow himself up outside a huge shopping mall, Opry Mills.
I’ve been mugging around the internet a bit and it seems likely that this guy could have gone online, shelled out 15 bucks and found a recipe for C-4 (although I am under the impression C-4 is very difficult to produce on your own).
How easy it for someone to get C-4? We are trying to learn more about this dude to understand what kind of man he was. There are related story links at the bottom of the page at the above link. This guy was a sicko, so we’re not worried about a ring of terrorists or something. The police are understandably freaked out, though.
Can anyone help us out? Was this just someone who was persistent or could anyone find out how to make explosives this powerful?