Bomb squad: 'You've got to respect explosives'

EUGENE, Ore. - Bombs are serious business: the local explosives disposal unit gets 120 calls per year in Lane County alone.

"If you do the math, that is 10 times a month," said Det. Mitch Martin, a member of the bomb squad. "We're pretty busy here in Lane County."

And finding the parts to make an improvised explosives that can injure or kill isn't hard.

"Everyday hosehold items can create an explosive device," Martin said.

To help raise awareness about explosives with local first responders, the bomb squad and FBI held a class Thursday for law enforcement, firefighters and others.

The purpose of the class: to make sure everyone is on the same page when a situation literally blows up.

"The biggest thing is you've got to respect explosives," Martin said.

The day started in the classroom but moved out into the heat of the sun at the bomb squad's facility southeast of Eugene.