Procedures to Follow When Explosives
Are Missing From Inventory
(e.g., Disposition Unrecorded/Unknown)
Prepare ATF Report of Theft or Loss
(ATF Form 5400.5)
A Report of Theft or Loss - Explosives Materials must be prepared
when it is discovered that explosive materials are missing from
inventory. Submit the original to the U.S. Bomb Data Center and
keep a copy for your records. The form can be obtained from the
ATF Distribution Center or from www.atf.gov.
Although the U.S. Bomb Data Center should be notified as soon
as possible, Federal law requires notification within 24 hours of the
A full inventory check is also highly recommended (but not
required) to locate missing explosives and to prevent future
Notify the Local Law Enforcement Authority
Although this notification is a requirement for all Federal explosives
licensees and permittees, it should be made clear to the
authorities that there is no evidence of a crime and that the
disposition of these explosive materials is unknown/unrecorded.
No local police report number is required to be placed in the
diposition records because many departments will not issue a
police report if no crime has occurred.
Contact U.S. Bomb Data Center
Telephone Numbers: 1-800-461-8841 or
Notify ATF of Any Recovered Explosives
It is not uncommon to find that explosive materials initially
could not be accounted for or located. It is extremely important
that these discoveries be reported to the U.S. Bomb Data
Center so that the list of explosives reported missing from
inventory can be corrected.
**ATF Safety and Security Information For Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees (ATF Publication 5400.15 — March 2007)