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October 13, 2016

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Backpack bomb found in front of the Nederland Police Department and sheriff’s substation

The preliminary investigation indicates the active IED failed to detonate

Nederland, Colo. - On Tuesday morning sheriff's deputies were called to assist the Nederland Police Department with a suspicious backpack that had been left in front of the police department and sheriff's substation in the town of Nederland. The sheriff's office and police department share office space at 20 Lakeshore Drive in the Caribou Ridge Shopping Center. The ensuing investigation determined that there was explosive device contained inside the backpack. The Boulder County Regional Bomb Squad, working in conjunction with bomb technicians from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, rendered the device safe early this morning.

The Nederland Police Department and the sheriff's office have requested assistance from the FBI's Denver Division in the investigation of the improvised explosive device (IED). Preliminary indications are that the IED was active, but failed to detonate. The FBI will lead the investigation and will provide all additional public information updates. The FBI Denver Division issued their first media release this evening, which can be found here.

Those with information related to this incident can contact the FBI Denver Division at (303) 629-7171, or their local law enforcement agency.

For additional information the FBI Denver Division can be followed @FBIDenver on social media. Prior media releases issued by the Town of Nederland are available on the town's website.

The sheriff's case number associated with this investigation is 16-6264.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer