Investigators Boost Reward For Info About Burley, Idaho Fire And Pipe Bomb

Mar 13, 2018

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the state Fire Marshal's office are offering a total of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in a January case involving a fire and an pipe bomb.
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The reward for information about a January incident in Burley involving a fire and a pipe bomb has been raised.

In the early morning hours of January 29, two buildings in downtown Burley burned to the ground. At a property across the street from the blaze, a pipe bomb was found tucked into the front door.

“Fortunately, because of the construction, and – quite probable the lack of knowledge on the person that constructed it and placed it – it didn’t complete its ignition,” state Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl says.

According to Sandahl, investigators are seeking the public’s help in solving the case. In addition to the $5,000 his office is offering as a reward, the ATF – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – is kicking in $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

“We’re looking for what is believed to be a male subject seen on video leaving the premise in great haste,” Sandahl says.

According to the fire marshal, only a handful of calls have come in about the incident. He says the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office is still following up on a truck linked to the downtown event that was found the day after.

Sandahl emphasizes tips can be made to the ATF, or his office by calling 1-877-75-ARSON. Callers can remain anonymous.

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