Bomb Squad Snuffs Incendiary Device at Storage Unit of Convicted Idaho Child Sex Offender 

click to enlarge Allan Helm, 53, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual battery and child/video voyeurism. - COURTESY NEZ PERCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office
  • Allan Helm, 53, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual battery and child/video voyeurism.


A bomb squad was called in to a Lewiston storage facility Monday after an incendiary device was discovered in the storage unit of a man recently sent to prison for child sex abuse.

Allan Helm, 53, of Lewiston, was sentenced earlier this month to 10 years behind bars for the sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of video voyeurism. Prosecutors said Helm was captured on video committing sexual acts on a sleeping juvenile and recorded video in a boys' bathroom.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that when movers began cleaning out Helm's storage unit at the 16th Avenue Mini Storage, they discovered a device that included a series of mortar-style fireworks in a plastic container wrapped in tape and tipped with a fuse. Fire crews and a bomb squad from Spokane, Wash. came to the scene and hit the incendiary device with blasts from a water cannon before disposing of the device.

Law enforcement said in addition to the device, Helm's storage unit contained boxes of commercial-grade fireworks.
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