Authorities Recover Explosive Device in Western Montana Motel
This is something you don't hear about everyday in Montana.
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office reported that they have seized an apparent homemade explosive device from a motel room in Darby, Montana.
Authorities have arrested a 35 year old man in connection to the device being found.
Authorities don't believe that there are anymore devices to be found in the area.
For more details, check out the Ravalli County Sheriff's press release below.
Ravalli County Sheriff reported that 35-year-old Nicholas Armidon was arrested after Deputies located what appeared to be a home made explosive device in his motel room at the Budget Inn in Darby. Sheriff Holton said Deputies initially contacted Armidon in the early morning hours today, due to an outstanding arrest warrant for a different offense.
When Deputies retrieved personal belongings from the room at Armidon's request, they noticed the device and secured the room and evacuated the rest of the motel. Approximately 12 people were relocated because of the incident.
Explosives technicians from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and an explosives trained canine from the National Institutes of Health Police assisted in the subsequent search warrant service and in making the devices safe.
Sheriff Holton said investigators believe that all of the devices have been recovered and are now safe. There is no indication that additional devices are in the community.
Sheriff Holton thanked the MCSO and NIH Police for their assistance. More information will be released as investigators continue to work the case. Below are pictures of the recovered device before and after it was made safe.