National Weather Service in Maine doesn’t want 8,000 hollow-point bullets, but NOAA does

Posted on August 16, 2012


ELLSWORTH, Maine — The National Weather Service is not looking to stockpile

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hollow-point ammunition and targets, officials said Wednesday afternoon after bloggers and media outlets across the nation reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was looking to purchase 46,000 rounds of ammunition.

Under the federal solicitation listing those Web outlets saw, 8,000 .40-caliber Smith & Wesson jacketed hollow-point bullets were supposed to go to a National Weather Service office in Ellsworth — which doesn’t exist. However, there is a NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement in Ellsworth, with officers who need ammunition for firearms qualifications tests and training. That office was the intended recipient of the shipment of bullets, according to NOAA.

NOAA attributes the mistake to “a clerical error in the federal business vendor process,” which meant the solicitor for the ammunition was incorrectly listed as the National Weather Service rather than NOAA’s law enforcement division, according to Lesli Bales-Sherrod, spokeswoman for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.

The error was being corrected Wednesday afternoon, Bales-Sherrod said.

Along with the 8,000 rounds requested for the Ellsworth officers, 8,000 rounds were requested for an office in Massachusetts, 24,000 rounds for Florida and 6,000 rounds for New Jersey.

Bangor Daily News


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