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Suspected pipe bomb detonated near Old Steel Bridge in Kalispell

Kalispell Pipe Bomb
Kalispell Pipe Bomb Dog
Kalispell Pipe Bomb
Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 28, 2023

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. - March 28, 2023

KALISPELL - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office explosive team blew up a pipe bomb a pedestrian found on Tuesday afternoon near Kalispell's Old Steel Bridge.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino says the person stumbled across the device around 1 p.m. A police K-9 indicated the presence of an explosive, so authorities called in help from Missoula County.

Missoula County's explosive team blew the pipe bomb up where it was found around 7 p.m. A detection dog then checked the area for other devices and none were found.
Sheriff Heino says the bomb fragments were collected for further investigation.

There are no suspects at this time.

We will keep you updated with any new information.


(second report: 2:54 p.m. - March 28, 2023)

KALISPELL - Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino tells MTN News an explosive specialist dog that was called to the scene did indicate the presence of some sort of explosive.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Explosive Team has been called in to continue the investigation.


(first report: 2:09 p.m. - March 28, 2023)

KALISPELL - Flathead County law enforcement is on the scene of a possible pipe bomb near the Old Steel Bridge.

Sheriff Brian Heino tells MTN News the Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a person who stumbled upon an alleged pipe bomb at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Kalispell Pipe Bomb Dog
Law enforcement near Old Steel Bridge in Kalispell on March 28, 2023. An explosive specialist dog called to the scene indicated the presence of some sort of explosive.

Sheriff Heino says if they deem the possible pipe bomb dangerous, they will call in the Missoula County Sheriff's Office Explosive Team to finish the investigation.

The public is being asked to avoid the Old Steel Bridge area in Kalispell while the investigation continues.

Developing story. Check back for updates.