Homemade bomb safely neutralized on Orcas Island

An Orcas Island resident saw a suspicious item on a trail on Turtleback Mountain and reported it to the Sheriff's Office at 10:30 am Monday, August 6, 2018.

Photographs and a description of the item was sent to the Washington State Bomb Squad who then responded to Orcas Island to investigate. At approximately 7 pm, the explosive was neutralized. The item was determined to be an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) by Members of the team.

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation into the IED.

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