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Mine Offers Reward For Explosives

Hecla Mining Co. is offering a $2,000 reward for the return of 500 pounds of explosives stolen last weekend in North Idaho, officials announced Friday.

The “stick powder” explosive was stolen by thieves who used an acetylene torch to remove a padlock off a metal door on a munitions bunker at the Lucky Friday mine, near Wallace.

The announcement of the reward was made by Shoshone County Sheriff Dan Schierman, who was notified of the reward by Hecla officials.

“The reward is for information leading to the recovery of the explosives,” Schierman said.

“We want that stuff back, then we’ll deal with whoever took it,” the sheriff added.

His deputies and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms are investigating the theft, which is a federal crime.

A team of ATF investigators continued following leads on Friday.

There have been no arrests and none of the explosive has been recovered.

People with information can call the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Department at (208) 556-1114 or the ATF office in Spokane at 353-2862.

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