Suspected Pipe Bomb Found, and Detonated by Authorities at Jefferson River Fishing Access

Williams' Bridge Fishing Access - Jefferson River
Photo from Montana Fish, Parks and Wildlife

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, a suspected pipe bomb was discovered in the Jefferson River south of Willow Creek last weekend and was detonated at the site. The device was found by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team while they were training at the Williams’ Bridge Fishing Access.


“We’re grateful to Gallatin County and Malmstrom Air Force Base personnel for their collaborative response in this situation. Thanks to these efforts, we were able to safely reopen these sites to the public,” said FWP Warden Capt. Adam Pankratz in a Wednesday afternoon news release about the suspected bomb. “This is also a good reminder to use caution and carefully inspect items we would normally think of as litter before picking them up.”

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the explosive device. People with information about the suspected pipe bomb found in the Jefferson River can share that information with the sheriff’s office by calling (406) 582-2100.

Learn more about the device and the quick response from authorities, in this article from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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