Highway 55 reopens to traffic after bomb scare

Highway 55 reopens to traffic after bomb scare

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Highway 55 reopens to traffic after bomb scare

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 10:17 PM

EAGLE -- Highway 55 has reopened to traffic after being closed for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon because of a bomb scare.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office tells us a driver reported seeing a "bomb-like device" on the east side of Highway 55 just outside of Eagle between Shadow Valley golf course and the Avimor subdivision around 2:30 p.m.

The Boise Bomb Squad was called to investigate the suspicious device with the use of a bomb-detecting robot and a bomb-sniffing dog.  Turns out the device was not a bomb, it was a computer and electronic equipment.  The area was processed like a crime scene, although there is no indication of crime occurring there.  Officers are continuing there investigation.

Highway 55 was closed as a precaution while authorities checked out the suspicious device.

Some motorists waited at the scene, while others turned around and some went through Emmett to reach their destination.

The Idaho Transportation Department diverted northbound traffic on to Beacon Light Road. Drivers heading south on Highway 55 were being diverted onto Highway 52 in Horseshoe Bend.  The highway was reopened again around 6 p.m.

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