Tannerite deemed cause for booms in Shoshone

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Shoshone police investigated reports of booms in the area this past weekend.

Cpl. Yordlak Thongsana of the Shoshone Police Department recalled the moment Sunday night while on duty.

"I was sitting on the intersection of North Rail West and North Greenwood, and I actually heard the explosion myself," Thongsana described. "I felt it in my car. I heard it. It sounded like a large explosive ... Not gunfire. Not just a firecracker, but it was large enough for me to get my attention toward southwest Shoshone."

First reports of the explosion came late Saturday night in that southwest area of town.

"Several callers called in saying it rattled their houses. Animals were upset. Family members were upset that these explosions were going on without any explanation," he added.

Based on tips of a party in that area that weekend, they concluded the cause of the blasts were, in fact, tannerite.

Tannerite is an easily accessible binary explosive commonly used for target practice.

"You take the two components and mix them together. When they get a high impact, it explodes," describes Dan Hadley, a local gun salesperson.

Since it occurred just outside of city limits, the case was turned over to the sheriff's office. Sheriff Rene Rodriguez concluded an individual used it on private property.

"At this point in time, we are not looking at filing any charges against this individual but a verbal warning for disturbing the peace was given to this person," Rodriguez continued.

As far as other booms reported in the Magic Valley, Rodriguez doesn't believe it's connected to other instances of what people heard throughout the Magic Valley.

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