Shoshone Police: Improvised explosive device found in mailbox

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez said a bomb was found in a mailbox in Shoshone.

This is one of several incidents involving a mailbox where a bomb was found.

Shoshone Police Chief Austin Smith said the mailbox exploded around 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, the homeowners called the police after the device detonated.

According to Smith the device is similar to the one found that detonated in another mailbox back in July. It is unknown is there is a direct correlation, and there are no suspects at this time.

When the suspects are found they face multiple charges on the local, state and federal levels. Chief Smith spoke with the city attorney on exact charges the perpetrator(s) would face and they include:

State Codes:
Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device: a felony charge with up to $5,000 in fines and up to five years in prison.
Unlawful Use of a Destructive Device: a felony charge with up to $25,000 in fines and potentially life in prison.
Malicious Injury to Property: a misdemeanor charge.

Federal Charges:
Possession of a Destructive Device
Using Explosives to Damage Property
Use of Explosives to Commit a Felony

The Shoshone Police Department is working closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on teh investigation.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Shoshone Police of dispatch at (208) 886-2036.

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