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Explosives Camp Lets Students Explore Booming Career Path

Ahhh, summer camp. Lazy days frolicking at the pool. Meeting new friends and swapping stories around the campfire. Slicing steel I-beams and concrete pillars and blowing them apart with C4 high explosives.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Additional access restrictions proposed in Arizona
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