Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 27, 2006

Suspicious Device Closes Freeway

Suspicious Device Closes Freeway
Incident no longer being investigated as a crime
 
Boise, Oct. 27, 2006, 2:20 p.m. – Boise Police, with assistance from Idaho State Police,
were forced to close down Interstate 84 briefly this afternoon after a report of a suspicious device was found next to the eastbound lanes between Gowen and Eisenmann Roads.

The Interstate was shut down in both directions at 11:35 a.m. as a safety precaution.
Motorists were safely routed around the interstate.
 
Westbound traffic lanes re-opened at 12:50 p.m. Eastbound lanes re-opened at 1:17 p.m..

Bomb technicians at the scene initially thought the device was a hoax made to look like a viable device. Bomb technicians disrupted the device, rendering it safe and took the device off-site so traffic could move again on the Interstate.

After closer inspection, bomb techs now believe the device was not meant to be a hoax explosive, but instead may have been a homemade battery pack assembled using a metal ammo can. The incident is no longer being investigated as a crime. 
 
The device was spotted by a passerby on the freeway who saw the suspicious device and
immediately reported it. Boise Police appreciate motorists patience and cooperation in taking the
short detour while this incident was being investigated.