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Bomb squad called for booby trap found on Kalamazoo walking trail

Someone left a contraption made of a shotgun shell and a mouse trap on a Kalamazoo walking trail Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.{ } (WWMT/Jason Heeres)

A bomb squad rushed to a trail on Kalamazoo's east side after someone out walking called to report finding an explosive device.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and bomb technicians acted quickly, when they got a call about what looked like an explosive device. Police said they didn’t want to take any chances.

Police responded to an area along Bryant Street west of Portage Street in Kalamazoo just after 2 p.m.

Jeremy and Karen Beznoska were walking along the trail when she spotted the device, describing it as shotgun shells spring loaded to a mouse trap with duct tape. Due to the device's appearance, police roped off the trail for bomb technicians to inspect and determine whether the object was in fact dangerous.

"It was a homemade object,” Kalamazoo police Lt. Michael Kelley said. “They’re items you can go out and purchase at the store, but somebody took some time and crafted it and made it. I guess you could call it like a booby-trap type of device."

Kelley said bomb technicians determined it was not an explosive device but could have caused harm, because the shotgun shell was live.


Follow Nicky Zizaza on Twitter @NickyZizaza.

Newschannel 3 photographer Jason Heeres contributed to this report.


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