If you thought a missing rifle was bad, just imagine what it’s like to be the guy responsible for keeping an eye on ordnance and munitions at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California where a bunch of explosives recently went missing.
Approximately 10 pounds of C4 explosives reportedly went missing from the Marine Corps installation “during a long training exercise two weeks ago,” the ABC News affiliate in San Diego first reported on Thursday.
Military officials “believe the manufactured plastic explosives may have been stolen,” ABC News reported, which reported that the Marine Corps is offering a reward for any information leading to the explosives’ discovery.
The 2nd Marine Division based out of Camp Lejeune and the 2nd Marine Air Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point are both currently at Twentynine Palms for training, Marine Corps Times reported.
Marine Corps officials declined to comment on the details of the incident to both ABC News and Marine Corps Times, citing an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service into the disappearance of the explosives.
“Out of respect for the investigative process, NCIS does not comment on or confirm details relating to ongoing investigations,” spokesman Jeff Houston told Marine Corps Times.
According to ABC News, the unit’s commanding officers are “considering extending the training exercise until the explosives are found,” which certainly sounds like punishment enough given how despised Twentynine Palms is within the Marine Corps.