Investigators clear Hot Springs of possible stashed explosives

Date: April 14, 2015
Contact: Investigative Services Branch, (202) 379-4761

A tree-lined stream in Hot Springs National Park
A tree-lined stream in Hot Springs National Park.

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Investigators clear Hot Springs of possible stashed explosives

An ISB Special Agent worked with park rangers and FBI agents in the search for explosives possibly stashed in Hot Springs National Park in April. After anonymous tips were called in to the park, the Reserve Street Trail system was closed for about 10 hours to allow investigators to clear the area.

Callers told the park that they had seen a man carrying a box with unknown items on the trail, and that they believed the man was a suspect recently arrested for stealing explosives from a nearby work site. The callers saw the man return to the trailhead empty-handed after about 20 minutes.

Responding quickly, park rangers closed the area. Along with ISB and FBI agents, a Little Rock Police Department K-9 team trained in explosives thoroughly searched for any suspicious items. None were found and the temporary park closure was lifted.

Deputies with the Garland County Sheriff's Office found some of the stolen explosives in an abandoned car near the park. Four suspects have been arrested and charged with various felonies related to this case.

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