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NEW DETAILS: Homemade bomb shut down Highway 200

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Picture of the homemade bomb, provided by Bonner County Sheriff's Office Picture of the homemade bomb, provided by Bonner County Sheriff's Office
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

At 11:40 Monday morning, the Bonner County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a small grass fire on the side of state Highway 200 near milepost 35. That's just east of Sandpoint. After crews arrived on scene they saw the grass fire was started by the fuse of a small homemade bomb that Bonner County deputies believe someone threw out of a moving car.

The fuse for the bomb had gone out, and just before 2pm Monday, the highway was closed down in both directions until the Spokane County Explosive Disposal Unit arrived. When they did, around 5:30pm, the bomb was remote detonated and the highway was reopened.

This year the Bonner County Sheriff's office has responded to 9 calls involving a suspicious device, only 2 of those have required the assistance of the Spokane County Explosives Disposal Unit, which is a regional task force. Gary Johnston, with the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, says no matter the situation, when they call the bomb squad, their priority is to secure the area incase the device explodes.

"We had the highway closed for quite a while waiting on the bomb squad, so again that falls into the containment side of it. The main focus is to protect people," says Johnston

Even though it was a long wait, Johnston says it would cost Bonner County hundreds of thousands of dollars to build up their own bomb squad, and it wouldn't be feasible considering the Spokane bomb squad was only needed on two out of nine calls.

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