CISA and FBI Launch Operation Flashpoint to Raise Awareness About How to Prevent Bomb Making

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July 20, 2021 | Originally published by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on June 30, 2021

CLINTON, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced a new pilot program today called “Operation Flashpoint” to build awareness in communities across the United States about how to prevent bomb attacks.

At the pilot’s launch today at Revell Ace Hardware in Clinton, Miss., CISA and FBI officials highlighted the threat posed by domestic violent extremists and others who can build improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from common household items found at retail stores across the country. Approximately 250,000 businesses in the United States sell, use, or distribute materials that can be used to build bombs.

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