How police use a ‘total containment vessel’ to haul away explosive devices


On Wednesday, explosive devices were sent to CNN headquarters at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. Bombs were also sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling “an act of terror.” This spate of would-be bombings have cast light on a little-known device used by police to haul away the explosive material called a “total containment vessel,” or TCV.

The TCV is designed to absorb the blast from a bomb. It’s been described as “an inside-out diving vessel.” In 2016, after a pressure-cooker bomb went off in Manhattan, police gave reporters a tour of the high-tech device.

“Instead of keeping the…

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