Friday, April 26, 2013

Homemade bomb found in mailbox

Twin Falls bomb squad deactivates explosive device


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

East Fork Road was closed for more than an hour Wednesday evening while a bomb squad from the Twin Falls Police Department deactivated a homemade bomb found in a mailbox on Hyndman View Drive.
    Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey declined to discuss the device in detail but said it contained “propellant and shrapnel.”
    The Sheriff’s Office was notified at about 4:30 p.m. when a caretaker at a home in the area discovered the device. The Sheriff’s Office and Ketchum Fire Department responded immediately to the call, determined that the device appeared to be a real bomb and cordoned off an area in the vicinity of the mailbox.


“They used a robot. They pulled it out, took X-rays of it, they rendered it safe.”
Gene Ramsey
Sheriff


    Ramsey said police notified the Homeland Security office in Boise, which assisted with the dispatch of the Twin Falls bomb squad.
    The squad arrived at about 7:50 p.m. East Fork Road—in the mid-valley between Ketchum and Hailey—was closed from about 8 p.m. until 9:10 p.m. while the bomb squad dealt with the device.
  “They used a robot,” Ramsey said. “They pulled it out, they took X-rays of it, they rendered it safe.”
   The sheriff said the evidence, including the mailbox, was collected for investigation. He said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will assist with the investigation.
    “Now we’re investigating and following up on any leads as to who may have placed a homemade bomb in a mailbox,” Ramsey said.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.