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L.A. police searching for stolen nitric acid

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police were searching Wednesday for a truckload of nitric acid stolen from a chemical distribution company on New Year's Eve.

The acid was in five 100-pound metal canisters that had been loaded onto a truck in preparation for shipment, said police Cmdr. Garrett Zimmon.

It was not known if the thief knew the truck's contents, Zimmon said.

"It appears this is not an act of terrorism." Zimmon said. "The investigation scene leads us to believe this is just a burglary."

The truck was taken Monday from Del Amo Chemicals Co. The theft was not immediately discovered due to the holiday, Zimmon said.

Nitric acid is a highly corrosive liquid that can be mixed with other agents to make fertilizers and explosives.