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Police and HAZMAT respond to situation involving kidnapping and explosive materials

Police and HAZMAT respond to situation involving kidnapping and explosive materials

By KIVI. CREATED Nov 6, 2013

UPDATE: Boise Police have identified the kidnapping suspect as Joshua J. Finch, 32, of Boise.

Boise Police are beginning the process of voluntary evacuations of residents following the discovery of possible explosive materials in a crawlspace of a home on the 2200 block of West Dorian Street.

"We have identified a potentially explosive substance in a large enough amount that, if the substance is what we suspect it to be, people in those homes would be in danger ." said Boise Police Capt. Eugene Smith.

At this time the evacuation is voluntary.

"We very much appreciate residents cooperation. We know its an inconvenience, but at this point in the investigation, as materials are about to be moved and disturbed, we have to take the safety is this neighborhood very seriously," said Capt. Smith.

It is unknown when residents will be able to return.  Officers believe it will be later this evening.

After the voluntary evacuation, bomb and haz mat techs will take further steps to identify just what the suspicious substance is. By itself, a substance is not volatile. However, is officers and fire techs find any chemicals or mixture has occurred, the substances may be explosive.


The incident began after a man was brought into custody on two counts of felony kidnapping.

The charge relates to a family dispute that occurred on Monday, November 4th. The suspect was taken into custody on a warrant for the kidnapping charge this morning which lead to the discovery of the materials.