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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Contact: Crystal McCoy
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 21, 2022

ATF Offers Reward After Pipe Bombs Found in Yard

ATF seek public’s help in pipe bomb investigation

Great Falls, Montana — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the production and placement of two homemade destructive devices.

On July 4th, 2022, ATF, Great Falls Police Department, and United States Air Force Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit responded to the 2000 block of 9th Avenue South, in Great Falls to investigate a homeowner’s discovery of two suspected homemade destructive devices, or pipe bombs, in their residential backyard while mowing the lawn.

The two pipe bombs were made of metal pipe containing nuts, screws, bolts and other shrapnel. They were wrapped in cellophane with an exposed fuse. Fortunately, neither device detonated, and no one was injured. Evacuations and shelter in place orders were in effect until the devices were rendered safe. It is believed at this time the devices may have been placed anytime between mid-June and July 4th.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone with information related to this investigation. Tipsters should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS. Information can also be sent to or through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting

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