UPDATE: Police investigate 'improvised explosive device' in Shoshone mailbox

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - UPDATE (as of 9:30 PM):

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An explosive device was found in a mailbox in Shoshone, Wednesday late morning.

The Shoshone Police Department received a call around 11:43 A.M. after a homeowner found a suspicious device in her mailbox when she went to retrieve the mail.

When police arrived they called in backup including Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Twin Falls Police Department, and the Shoshone Fire Department.

The entire 300-block of North Carmen Street was evacuated as a precaution.

The homeowners remember hearing tires squealing like a quick get-a-way last night and then what they thought was an engine back-fire. Now they think that's when the bomb went off.

"And I opened up my mailbox, pulled out the mail, and there was this these two containers taped together,” said mailbox owner Sharon McCulough. “The inside of my mailbox is black, it cracked the outside of the mailbox and the backside. So then I called the cops."

When Sharon found the device it appeared to her to be two bottles- one of White Rain hairspray and the other of Axe body spray taped to the mortar of a firework.

The scene was cleared by police a little before 5:00 P.M. and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

"Obviously we're investigating all leads,” said Shoshone Chief of Police Austin Smith. “I can't say we have any suspects or anything at this time. We do believe it's an isolated incident and we're going to be continuing to follow up with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the ATF, with doing some interviews here in the next day."

The exact charges to the person or people responsible is unknown but it will include multiple felonies.

Shoshone police department is heading the investigation, and is asking anyone with information or if you saw any suspicious activity between July 10, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. and July 11, 2018 at 11:30 A.M., please contact the Shoshone Police Department through SIRCOMM at (208)324-1911.


UPDATE: The Shoshone Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are investigating an explosion in Shoshone on Wednesday.

Authorities say they were dispatched to the 300 block of North Carmen Street for a report of a suspicious incident.

According to a news release, when police arrived on scene, they found a detonated improvised explosive device in a mailbox. Law enforcement looked for possible other devices. The Twin Falls Bomb Squad and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives swept the area and determined this was an isolated incident.

Homes close to the incident were evacuated and residents were allowed to return after approximately three hours. Authorities said no injuries were reported.

Law enforcement would like anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity between Monday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the area to contact the Shoshone police through SIRCOMM at 208-324-1911.

The Twin Falls Police Department and Shoshone Fire Department also assisted with the incident.

A KMVT reporter made an effort to talk with area residents about the incident in the small rural town, but a number declined to comment on camera.

Authorities blocked the 300 block of North Carmen Street to traffic during the investigation.

KMVT photo/Rachel Fabbi
Photo submitted by Beverly MacFee

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