Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday: Day of Gem State Bomb Scares

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

A unique magazine promotion evolved into a full-blown bomb scare in Pocatello on Tuesday.

Forty employees were ordered out of the U.S. Courthouse in Pocatello Tuesday and a one-block perimeter around the building was cordoned off after the discovery of a magazine embedded with a small electronic device prompted a security alert.

A bomb disposal team sent a robot to the scene, which removed the parcel. But the item was harmless, consisting of a tiny electronic musical device inserted into a popular magazine.

The incident lasted four hours and the courthouse remained closed for the day.

Meanwhile, Highway 55 between Eagle and the Avimor subdivision was shut down for more than three hours Tuesday because of another bomb scare.

A motorist told police that a "bomb-like device" was spotted alongside the highway. Hundreds of vehicles were diverted away from the north-south road while another bomb-detecting robot determined that the device was used computer equipment.

And Idaho law enforcement had to deal with yet another potentially explosive situation on Tuesday, this time in Lewiston.

According to the Lewiston Tribune, a bomb squad returned the scene of a Lewiston home after the discovery of a box of dynamite, the second such discovery in as many weeks. Law enforcement had already found a container of explosives of May 15 (Primary Day), which resulted in the displacement of a nearby polling location. Lewiston police said the homeowner (now deceased) had collected explosives over several decades.

The bomb squad was expected to continue combing through the property to see if there were anymore dangerous discoveries.

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