May 15, 2012 in Idaho

Second bomb scare disrupts voting in N. Idaho


A bomb scare at Woodland Middle School in Coeur d’Alene - the polling place for two Idaho precincts in Tuesday’s primary election - temporarily delayed voting on Tuesday.

It was the second bomb scare at a polling place reported in North Idaho on Tuesday.

“The building was evacuated temporarily, and all ballots and ballot boxes were secured during the evacuation,” said Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes. The bomb scare came after school already was out for the day.

Hayes said poll workers set back up in the gymnasium after they were given the all-clear, and voting resumed.

Election officials in Lewiston also moved a polling place after someone found 50 pounds of dynamite nearby.

Authorities made the switch Tuesday morning moments after someone cleaning an adjacent building discovered the explosives.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that voters once destined for the city’s police training center are now being redirected to the Lewiston Community Center to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

Meanwhile, a bomb squad from Spokane was called in to investigate the explosives.

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