What's that boom? Here's your answer (w/video)
Dec. 8, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:09 a.m.
Reports of the deep sound of explosions are igniting all over the Crossroads, and residents are looking for answers. Officials say the culprit may be a binary explosive known as Tannerite.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not regulate Tannerite, meaning no state or federal laws prohibit its use, said bureau spokeswoman Franceska Perot.
The action of detonating Tannerite would be illegal because a high-velocity firearm cartridge is needed to set it off, and discharging a firearm inside the city is unlawful, according to a Victoria city ordinance.
However, outside city limits, it's fair game.
Sgt. Thomas Eisman, with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, said he is unaware of a county ordinance prohibiting its use, but noted Texas Penal Code Ch. 42 states, "a noise is presumed to be unreasonable if the noise exceeds a decibel level of 85 after the person making the noise receives notice from a magistrate or peace officer that the noise is a public nuisance."
So just what is Tannerite, and how does it act? Here's your guide.