Citizen Police Academy has an explosive lesson from the Bomb Squad

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Robots and explosions.

"It's been wild," said Jessica Minor, one of the students. "It's been a lot of fun tonight."

These Twin Falls citizens are getting a hands on lesson in what it takes to be on the Bomb Squad.

The class covered types of explosives the bomb squad might encounter, as well as a demonstration of what each looks, sounds and feels like in action.

"It's really loud and you feel the concussion in your chest," Minor said.

She said before this class all she really knew about cops is that they drove patrol cars.

"I don't think I really understood that there was a bomb squad," she said. "I didn't know that Twin Falls had their own SWAT team."

And when I asked the officers they said that's pretty much the goal of the academy.

"Kinda give our citizens a bit of a taste of what we do as police officers outside of just regular police work," said Justin Dimond, one of the instructors of the academy.

Minor said she recommends the class to anyone and everyone.

"It's great for women, men, younger generations, older generations," she said.

She said it's an experience she's really enjoyed.

"It's just a great way to get a really good understanding of what our Twin Falls Police Department does for the community," Minor said.

If you want to do the citizen's academy in the future, they do one a year starting in August.

They post about the academy on the Twin Falls City website and the Twin Falls Police Department Facebook page.

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