Bomb squad resolves explosive device scare in Buena Vista


The bomb was found in the back of a truck of an employee cleaning the library. (Photo: Chaffee County Times)

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BUENA VISTA, Colo. — An explosive device was discovered in Buena Vista Tuesday morning between the library and police department.

According to a Chaffee County official, at approximately 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, an “improvised explosive device” was found between the Buena Vista Public Library and the Buena Vista Police Department headquarters.

The device was described as a mortar round with wires and a cell phone.

A 100-foot perimeter evacuation was put into place and the El Paso County Bomb Squad was notified, said the official.

Additionally, the official said Highway 24 from mile marker 211 to 210 was closed, and all Buena Vista schools were on lockouts.

Buena Vista police chef Jimmy Tidwell told the Chaffee County Times the device was discovered in the back of a pickup truck by a woman who was cleaning the library.

Tidwell said police took photographs of the device and emailed them to the El Paso County Bomb Squad.

The bomb squad arrived around noon to investigate, according to the local newspaper. Buena Vista police, Chaffee County sheriffs, Chaffee County Fire and Chaffee County EMS also were on scene.

The incident was resolved at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Chaffee County official, when the bomb squad used an x-ray to determine that the mortar was not an an explosive device.

At that time, evacuations were lifted, roads were reopened and students were allowed to go home to their families, said the official.

Buena Vista police took over the investigation and the device was sent for processing with the ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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