The Georgia residence of web series creator, Kyle Myers, was raided by 40 federal agents from the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on Tuesday.
FPSRussia, a Youtube series created Myers, features him demonstrating a variety of high caliber firearms, tanks, explosives and drones.
ATF agents accompanied by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided Myers’ father’s farm, where he films many segments for his show.
ATF spokesman Richard Coes told the Banner-Herald, "The claim is that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."
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Coes said the ATF needed to assess what kind of weapons Meyers owns and if they are legal. The explosives used on FPSRussia were of particular interest. In one of the videos he uses the explosive Tannerite, which cannot be used for business purposes without a federal license.
ATF agents did not disclose whether the raid was related to the January killing of Meyers’ business partner, 32-year-old Keith Richard Ratliff, who was found shot to death on Jan. 3.
A producer for the show, Kitty Wandel, said Meyers always follows gun laws in his videos.
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“Both Keith [Ratliff] and Kyle were sticklers for obeying the laws and would not knowingly break any. It is very common for people to use Tannerite in media both on TV and on YouTube,” she told Guns.com. “If it ever came to doing something outside of our legal boundaries, we would then work with someone who was legally authorized to do it in an approved location.”
Daniel Terrill of Guns.com argued that Tannerite does not fit the ATF’s definition of an explosive because it is a binary compound that civilians can buy and use without a license.
No one was arrested in the raid, and the ATF did not say whether explosives were seized.