Bombs believed to be Halloween prank

Grand Junction’s bomb squad is en route to the Blue Lake area in the Roaring Fork Valley after the discovery of small, exploded and unexploded homemade bombs believed to have been created as a Halloween prank, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said early this afternoon.

It said a resident in the subdivision in the El Jebel area found a small bottle with an unknown liquid and dumped it in a gutter, assuming it was trash. However, the liquid began bubbling and smoking, and deputies dispatched to the scene determined the man had found a bomb.

Deputies then found four additional bottles that had exploded in the Blue Lake area. The bombs caused small burn marks but no significant damage. The Grand Junction crew was dispatched because of another, unexploded bomb found at Blue Lake Park.

The sheriff’s office said the bombs are small soda bottles containing a yellow liquid. It asks that anyone coming across one of the bombs not touch it but instead call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information about the origins of the bombs is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS. Tips leading to an arrest or indictment can lead to a reward up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.


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