Reps. Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert 'fantasize' about blowing up Capitol metal detectors while stumping for a Florida Congressional hopeful

At a Halloween rally for Anthony Sabatini, US Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke.
An explosion can be caused by large quantities of chemicals in the explosives Gaetz referred to.

Gaetz also mentioned C4, an explosive that is used in military combat units to cause destruction.

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US Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) complained about metal detectors in Florida's House of Representatives. He joked about blowing them up using explosives. This was a remark that made people laugh and clap.

Gaetz claimed that the metal detectors were put in place after pro-Trump rioters broke into the Capitol on January 6. They were made possible by Boebert who, he claimed, carries a firearm for his personal protection. According to his campaign website, Boebert wasn't present at the rally and hasn't officially endorsed Sabatini.

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They were triggered by that. "I said, "Is it tannerite? Or C4 that we want to put into those metal detectors when they blow them up?" Gaetz spoke at the rally.

Tanerite is an explosive that is made of ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder. It is intended for use in binary exploding rifle targets. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, this type of explosive consists of two components which are not explosive by themselves and must be combined to make it explosive.

A New York bill would regulate the sale, use and storage of these chemicals. However, large quantities can lead to a "powerful, dangerous explosion," according to the proposed New York bill.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, C4 is a type of explosive plastic used in military combat units for demolishment.

Both Gaetz and Boebert retweeted their statements regarding the explosives following the rally on their respective Twitter accounts.

Boebert sent a follow up tweet after people started tagging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (in the comments).

"To all the fools who believe this could be done inside Capitol: Get a life!" Boebert stated that the metal detectors were ineffective and would be removed if Republicans win back the House.

Insider reached out to Gaetz and Boebert for comments.