LECTURE: “Call the Bomb Squad! Defusing the Allegheny Arsenal” by Dave Tritinger

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 8:23 PM

What: The Western PA Civil War Roundtable Monthly meeting

Date: 03.20.19

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Where: Edgeworth Elementary School (200 Meadow Ln, Edgeworth, PA 15143)

Title: LECTURE: “Call the Bomb Squad! Defusing the Allegheny Arsenal” by Dave Tritinger


In March 2017, a backhoe operator excavating in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood made a fascinating and alarming discovery – a cache of Civil War-era cannonballs from the Allegheny Arsenal. Who to call? Why, the Pittsburgh Bomb Squad, of course. The Bomb Squad arrived and precautions were taken to keep nearby residents safe from the 150-year-old ordinance. How many cannonballs were found? What kind of cannonballs were they? Were they still live? How to safely extract, transport, and dispose of this ordinance were other questions to consider. And who better to tell this story and answer these questions than Dave Tritinger, a member of the Pittsburgh Bomb Squad. Join us this month as Dave gives us a detailed account of his recent encounter with local Civil War history.

Dave Tritinger is a Western Pennsylvania native who has spent 14 years in military service between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. His service included numerous deployments to the Persian Gulf and Iraq. Dave has been a member of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police since 2001 and a member of the Bomb Squad since 2007. In his current role, he serves as a Hazardous Devices Technician, Underwater Hazardous Device Diver, Explosive Breacher, Tactical Bomb Technician, and Training Coordinator for the City’s Bomb Squad. These duties require Dave to respond to explosive and ordnance-related calls throughout Western Pennsylvania, as well as developing training programs to create awareness among colleagues, citizens, and businesses. As a key member of the Bomb Squad, Dave attended numerous FBI and ATF courses relating to the chemistry of explosives, as well as Oklahoma State School of Forensics Chemistry of Explosives course.

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