FBI Terror Alert:6-2-04 - Two 6,000lb Propane Gas Tanker Trucks stolen in San Antonio Update: Found!!!


No Lifer
Oct 13, 1999
No link yet, just reported on Morning News (Today show etc). They were stolen on Monday.

The smaller cylinders could be used to make explosions big enough to detonate the 6,000 lb Tankers.

6-2-2004 FBI Issues Alert for Stolen Propane Tankers

SAN ANTONIO - FBI agents in Texas issued a nationwide alert on Tuesday for two stolen propane tanker trucks, laden with thousands of gallons of the volatile liquefied gas.

A San Antonio gas company discovered the trucks, one carrying 3,000 gallons and the other carrying 2,500 gallons, had been stolen after employees returned on Tuesday from the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend, the FBI said.

The thefts could have occurred as early as May 25, FBI Agent Patrick Patterson said.

"Propane is one of the elements that terrorists have been trained on, so we're very concerned about it," Patterson told a news conference.

The FBI was concerned the trucks or the propane could be used as a bomb, but Patterson said there was no indication that was the purpose of the theft.

The FBI and San Antonio police said propane thefts were common in south Texas, given its proximity to northern Mexico.

Propane is a commonly used fuel there, and a professional propane theft ring was operating in San Antonio as recently as last year, San Antonio Police Chief Albert Ortiz said.

A tanker was converted into a truck bomb for the Khobar Towers apartment bombing in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, nearly eight years ago, he said. The June 25, 1996, explosion killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel and wounded 372 other people.


Senior member
Jul 3, 2002
Funny. I was just thinking about that sort of scenario the other day. It's a bit easier to train someone to drive a Gas Tanker Truck than to train someone to pilot a passenger jet. Not to mention "hijaking"/stealing the vehicle in question from a truck stop is easier than hijaking a plane these days.

Glad this wasn't the case today. Still a potential vulnerability.


No Lifer
Oct 13, 1999
Originally posted by: ReiAyanami

both trucks found nearly 300mi away. how long can a tanker truck go before having to refuel?

perhaps the hospital gig was by a disgruntled clown looking for free fill-ups for his balloon animals

Thanks for the update.

Does either appear kids went for a joyride.

Not good as far as giving real Terrorists an idea.


Mar 29, 2004
Darn well that could have been terrorists! Tremble! Ph33r!
*Time to make a patriot act3 now!*


Diamond Member
Sep 24, 2002
how much is 3,000 lbs of liquid propane worth? u'd think if according to the article the thefts are quite common they could simply put a GPS tracking device somewhere in or on each truck.

some trucking companies do this for loads of much lesser value just to make sure the trucker is doing their job (driving X hours a day).

u'd think big brother would have required this for volatile loads by now let-alone 2,000 tickle-me-elmo's