ATF, Kentucky State Police issue safety advisory for explosive devices

HARLAN, Ky. (WDTN) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a public safety advisory concerning explosives concealed in trail cameras in Harlan County, Ky.

According to NBC affiliate WBIR three trail cameras have exploded and injured people. In an investigation, agents found nine more improvised explosive devices and dismantled them and believe that more devices may still exist.

Some of the trail cameras were located on paths in rural areas accessed via the Dave Smith Drainage Area, near the Woodland Hills subdivision, on the Little Black Mountain Spur.

The improvised explosives devices were designed to explode when a person inserted batteries into the trail camera, while others were set to explode via a trip wire leading to the trail cameras. In some cases, containers such as milk jugs, protein powder containers and paint cans were placed in proximity to the explosion device.3

An ATF release said someone put a tree stand in the woods with an explosive device attached to it.

Authorities warn anyone who comes across a suspicious trail camera or tree stand not to touch it and immediately notify police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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