Strange object causes bomb scare |

Strange object causes bomb scare

J.K. Perry
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyA member of the Jefferson County Bomb Squad X-rays a possible bomb at the Eagle County Justice Center in Eagle.

EAGLE ” A green fireworks-type fuse protruded from the object wrapped in black tape delivered by hand Thursday morning to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators decided to call the Jefferson County Bomb Squad to figure out what they had.

A man, whose name was not available, drove the suspicious potato-shaped object to the Sheriff’s Office after finding it in a former tenant’s vacated Gypsum apartment, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities put the object in a concrete drainage ditch behind the Sheriff’s Office on Chambers Avenue, just below eastbound Interstate 70.

The bomb squad X-rayed the object in the drainage ditch. Then, eastbound I-70 was stopped while the squad shot the end off the device with a shotgun loaded with a shell containing bird shot and clay, said Lt. Mike William of the Sheriff’s Office

The device failed to explode but caught fire and was extinguished by Greater Eagle Fire District firefighters, McWilliam said.

The object contained what looked like green gauze, a cardboard tube smaller than a toilet paper roll, a piece of drywall and other materials.

The bomb squad couldn’t figure out what the object was, so investigators planned to send it to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to identify the device, Andree said.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms also showed up on the scene to determine if the object broke federal law, Andree said.

If someone is arrested, the ATF might determine the person acted recklessly or negligently because there was no target, Andree said.

Sheriff’s Office investigators planned to ask the former apartment tenants about the object, McWilliam said.

If criminal charges are filled, it won’t be until after state investigators identify the object, Andree said.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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