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Reward Offered In Fair Bomb Incident

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for placing an explosive devise inside of a briefcase. The briefcase was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Friday in a grassy swale on 2nd Street, south of Kathleen Ave. It later was detonated by the Spokane County Bomb Squad. A note was attached to the briefcase that said “Warning, do not touch, boom.” The briefcase was located about one block south of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, off of Kathleen Avenue, where thousands of people were attending the North Idaho Fair. Any fair goers parked in the area are asked to report any suspicious activity they saw. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 667-2111, toll free at 866-667-2111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

Possible Bomb Found Near Fairgrounds

A suspicious briefcase found near the Kootenai County Fairgrounds this evening contained some kind of explosive device. The briefcase was reported at 5:50 p.m. by passersby who spotted it while they were heading to the North Idaho Fair a couple blocks away, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. The case had the words “Warning do not touch” and “Boom” written on it in black ink. It was left in a grassy area near the sidewalk on Second Street, south of Kathleen Avenue and behind the Great Floors store on Government Way. The Spokane County Bomb Squad safely detonated the device shortly after 10 p.m., Wood said. No one was injured and no property was damaged, she said/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here.

Bomb Squad Removes CdA Explosives

The Spokane Bomb Squad removed about 30 aging and corroded explosives from a Coeur d’Alene home Monday after housecleaners found them while tidying the rental property. The explosives, commonly called “railroad torpedoes” have been used to alert train conductors to trouble ahead on the tracks, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. They are placed on the tracks and detonate when trains run over them, she said. Jim Opsal and his wife were cleaning the property around 9 a.m. when he found a three-pound Folgers can filled to the top with the explosives, he said. They had been hired by the owners to clean the property to prepare it to be rented. Opsal said he called one of the owners who told him to call 911/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Does this make you wonder whether the houses in your neighborhood might have some long-forgotten explosives or other dangerous material in them?

Pipe Bomb Found In Edgar Steele’s Car

Shortly before a North Idaho lawyer was to appear in court today on charges of hiring someone to kill his wife and mother-in-law, employees at a Coeur d’Alene auto shop discovered a pipe bomb connected to the SUV identified in court papers as his wife’s. Police confirmed that a device removed from a car registered to Edgar Steele, the former Aryan Nations lawyer, was explosive and required detonation by a Spokane bomb squad. The black 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited, driven by a woman, pulled into the Fast Lane Quick Lube at West Bosanko Avenue and U.S. Highway 95 in Coeur d’Alene, at about 12:30 p.m./Spokesman-Review. More here.