Explosive Device Found In Pickup

Photo by Mary Lee Bensman, courtesy of The Mountain Mail

Highway 24 has reopened after law enforcement cleared the scene of an investigation into a suspicious device found in Buena Vista.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said a cleaning lady found the device in her truck Tuesday morning. It was parked between the Buena Vista Library and the police department.

The El Paso County Bomb Squad was among those who responded to the scene.

They arrived at the scene about 12:15 p.m. after the woman sent them a picture. They deployed a robot to investigate the device. After an X-ray, investigators say the device was harmless. It has been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Sheriff's office initially said the device was a mortar with wires attached to a cell phone.

A 100-yard perimeter was set up around the truck and anyone inside of it was evacuated. An emergency notification went out to residents in the area.

Buena Vista schools were put on lock out status as a precaution. Classes continued inside the buildings, but no one was allowed in or out.