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Explosive Material Found In Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - Earlier this week, the National Park Service was notified that explosive material had been found in Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area on the west side of the lake near Highway 395, north of Kettle Falls. 

The explosive material was contained in tubes about a foot long and several inches wide, labeled "Senatel Magnafrac." The Spokane Bomb Squad destroyed the materials. 

On Thursday, the National Park Service was notified that additional tubes were located near the Snag Cove Campground. The Spokane Bomb Squad again responded and destroyed the materials. Law enforcement believes there are more of these explosive materials in and around the water in the area. 

The explosives are used in mining/excavation operations and require additional materials to explode. Police say they do not pose a significant risk to the public and should not impact recreational use of the lake. 

If you find any of these tubes, you are advised not to touch them and call 911. Possession of the items without a license or permit is a criminal offense. 

Please contact Northeast Tri-County Health District at 509-684-2262 with questions related to using water withdrawn from this area. Further information can be found on the park's website: www.nps/laro.gov.

National park rangers are working together with the Ferry and Stevens County Sheriff's Offices. If anyone has any information about this material, please call the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Spokane at 509-324-7866.

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