Albuquerque police and state police in the hunt for hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives stolen Sunday at a secure Albuquerque storage facility.
Also missing are 2,500 blasting caps, 250 pounds of deta sheets and an undetermined length of explosive detonation cords.
Deta sheets are especially dangerous. They can be hidden in books or letters and cannot be spotted by a metal detector.
Engineers use them for detonation.
The director of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency in New Mexico, Wayne Dixie, said the materials are highly explosive.
In the hands of those who know how to use it, there is enough explosive material to level a building, Dixie said.
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that helps them recover the stolen goods, which burglars cut through steel bars to get to.
What's especially worrisome is the plastic explosive sheets. That's 250 lbs of them, in sheets. What a terrorist wouldn't love to have that.