ATF Warns About IEDs on Kentucky Trails

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Kentucky State Police have issued a public safety advisory with regards to IEDs on trails in eastern Kentucky.

In Harlan County, Kentucky there have been three confirmed incidents of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) being hidden inside trail cameras, which exploded and injured people. An operation was conducted and nine IEDs were located and dismantled. Other devices, however, may still exist.

Some of the trail cameras were found abandoned on paths in rural areas routinely accessed via the Dave Smith Drainage Area (Woodland Hills Subdivision, Harlan, KY), on the Little Black Mountain Spur in Harlan County. These IEDs were designed to explode when a person inserted batteries into the trail camera. Other IEDs were designed to be detonated by a trip wire leading to the trail cameras. In some instances, containers such as milk jugs, protein powder containers, or paint cans were placed nearby the explosive device. In addition, there is information that a tree stand had been placed in the woods with an explosive device attached.

Authorities caution people to not handle any trail cameras, tree stands, or any other items that they did not place themselves. If you locate a trail camera, tree stand, or other item for which an IED could have been connected that does not belong to you, do not touch it and immediately notify law enforcement, providing them with the GPS coordinates if possible. You can contact Kentucky State Police Post 10 (606-573-3131) or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (859-219-4500).

The man believed to have planted the devices was arrested back in June. On August 11th, while in federal custody, authorities brought the suspect back to Harlan County so that he could assist in locating the remaining live devices. At the trailhead, however, the suspect attempted to escape, but was fatally shot by Lexington Fire Investigator Captain Brad Dobrzynski. It is thought that the man placed the devices in the cameras in order to deter other people from stealing them.


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