BOISE - Authorities say a cache of dangerous explosive material has been safely removed from a south Boise home and neighbors allowed to return after nearly 12 hours.
The Boise Police Bomb Squad and Boise Fire Hazardous Material team were called to home near West Overland Road and South Vista Avenue Wednesday afternoon after officers found what appeared to be a supply of highly explosive material in the home's crawl space.
Boise Police told KTVB it all started Monday with a family dispute. Joshua J. Finch is in custody charged with two counts of felony kidnapping stemming from Monday's incident.
Police said 32-year-old Finch was taken into custody Wednesday morning. He lives in the home with a woman and two children. Police said they were cooperative.
During the kidnapping investigation, officers found evidence Finch may be in possession of explosive materials.
During a search of a home in the 2200 block of West Dorian Street, Boise Police bomb technicians and Boise Fire HazMat found more than 100 pounds of bomb making materials inside the home.
Officials say the materials were in what looked like various bomb-making stages.
The amount of the substances and chemicals found did indeed pose a potential safety threat to the neighborhood, said Boise Police Captain Eugene Smith. As we wrap up the investigation here at the house, we're very appreciative of residents patience and cooperation. Their safety was at the center of all decisions made tonight.
Several roads in the area of the Finch's home were blocked off late into Wednesday night. Dorian Street between Jessie and Columbus and Jessie Street between Nez Perce and Dorian were all blocked.
Police put in place a voluntary evacuation for the neighborhood, effecting 21 homes. The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at Hawthorne Elementary School.
Officials said residents in the neighborhood were allowed to return to their homes at around midnight. Residents had to check in with an officer at the corner of Nez Perce and Jessie Street to be allowed back home.
Federal and local authorities are all working on the investigation. Officials said charges are expected to be handed down Thursday.
As of Thursday morning, a small police detachment remained at the home guarding the entrance and rear. No one was seen inside.
According to Boise PD's Public Information Officer, Lynn Hightower, Finch and a single kidnapping victim were, very well known to each other.
The two felony charges sprang out of a family dispute at home on Monday, where that single victim was allegedly held against the person's will.
Police have not released information on whether the victim was an adult or child.