Boise Police In Process Of Voluntary Evacuation Of Neighborhood


By Paul Johnson

Photo Courtesy of KBOI-Boise

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - What started as a kidnapping arrest earlier this Wednesday afternoon, have led Boise police to asking residents of one neighborhood to consider evacuating. At 1:35 pm Boise police began searching a home in the neighborhood southeast of West Overland Road and South Vista Avenue. This after officers on an unrelated investigation found what they believe to be a supply of highly explosive materials that was hidden in a home’s crawlspace. Officers have one man in custody on two counts of felony kidnapping. The charge relates to a family dispute that allegedly occurred Monday November 4. During the investigation, officers found evidence that the suspect may have the explosive materials.
As of 4pm this afternoon, police have begun the process of a voluntary evacuation of residents near the home in the 2200 block of West Dorian Street. Boise police captain Eugene Smith said that the explosive material is in a large enough amount that area homes are in danger if the material would explode.
It’s unknown when the residents will be allowed to return. Officers hope it will be later this evening.
Members of the Boise area Red Cross are assisting officers and residents who may need assistance evacuating.
Bomb and haz mat techs are taking steps to identify what the substance is. By itself the substance is not volatile however if mixed with another chemical, it may be explosive.
Boise police are being assisted by the ATF.

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