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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Contact: Jason Chudy

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Explosives Placed on Orcas Island in San Juan County

SEATTLE—The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing explosives near a trail in the San Juan County Land Bank Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.

ATF and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the discovery of the explosives by an island resident on Monday, Aug. 6.

It is not known when the device was placed, nor is it known if other devices have been placed.

ATF and the SJCO are requesting that residents and visitors pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious objects they find. If a suspicious object is found, people are requested to stay as far away from it as possible when calling 911. It is also requested that individuals keep others from entering the area.

Anyone with information on the person or persons who placed the device; hears or has heard loud explosions, either in the recent past or in the future; or finds a site that appears to have had an explosion there, are asked to call ATF at our toll free hotline, 888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477). All calls to ATF can remain anonymous.

People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new "report it" app available at and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.

More information about ATF and its programs are available at


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