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2014 Winter Olympics: Toothpaste bomb alert issued for flights headed to Russia

DHS warns of possible toothpaste bombs on flights
DHS warns of possible toothpaste bombs on flights

Were toothpaste bombs found on flights headed to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

CNN reports that a warning issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to both domestic and foreign airlines states that toothpaste tubes could be used to store bomb ingredients, but they are "not aware of a specific threat" at this time.

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The DHS warning states that airlines to be on the lookout for bombs in not only toothpaste containers, but in other small cosmetic tubes. Their source suggests that bombs could be assembled on board the aircraft using bomb making supplies stored in the toothpaste tube.

An unnamed government official told ABC News, "While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority. As always, our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and DHS will continue to adjust security measures to fit an ever evolving threat environment."

Security at the 2014 Winter Olympics is already on high alert in Sochi, so the warning that bombs could be transported in toothpaste tubes adds yet another concern. Prior to the start of the Winter Games, there have been many reports of threats by terrorist groups and as many as three suicide bombings in Russian cities.

A CNN poll released on February 5, 2015 revealed that 57 percent of Americans believe a terrorist attack at the Sochi Games is "likely."

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin with the opening ceremony on Friday, February 7 and end on Sunday, February 23.

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