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Videocassette IEDs

During the period when VCRs and videotapes were most commonly used, before largely being displaced in the 21st century by CDs and DVDs, there were a number of bombing attempts and bombings using IEDs concealed in videotape cases and built into the cassettes themselves. In one US incident, the device was built into a videocassette, which had a pornographic label. It was set with a pile of several others beside a VCR tape player at a drug dealer’s home. It was intended to kill police officers in the event they raided the house, seized various evidence, including the VCR and the videotapes, and played them back at their office.

There were also a series of bombings in England in the 1990s using devices built into videocassette tape cover boxes, by the “Mardi Gra Bomber”. Some contained explosives and others contained ammunition with a firing device designed to function when the hinged cover was opened slightly.

As many individuals and companies have large libraries of videotapes and a VCR to play them, one can assume that IEDs in videotapes may continue to be used for at least the next 5-10 years.

Securesearch, Inc. makes several realistic versions of the videocassette and videotape cover IEDs and gun-type devices containing simulated explosives and inert ammunition. They make an excellent x-ray imaging training aid, showing how concealment can easily be done in a small, innocuous container that everybody is familiar with and takes for granted.

Videocassette IEDs

INERT VIDEOCASSETTE IED DESIGNED TO INITIATE WITH TAPE PLAY
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Videocassette modified to initiate when inserted into a videocassette recorder or player (VCR), and the tape is played. The videocassette is carefully modified to show no signs of tampering.

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VIDEOCASSETTE CASE “GUN” BOOBYTRAP
Order Sku: ITA-165-A
Videocassette case “gun” boobytrap. Videocassette case Boobytrap with Anti Open Double Spring Activation.

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VIDEOCASSETTE CASE “GUN” BOOBYTRAP
Order Sku: ITA-165-B
Videocassette Case “gun” boobytrap. Carefully modified to show no signs of tampering. Videocassette case IED with Anti Open Single Elastic Band Boobytrap Activation.

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VIDEOCASSETTE CASE “GUN” BOOBYTRAP
Order Sku: ITA-165-C
Videocassette Case “gun” boobytrap. Carefully modified to show no signs of tampering. Videocassette case IED with Single Spring Anti Open Boobytrap Activation.

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