ATF warns of improvised explosive devices inside trail cameras in Harlan County

HARLAN, Ky. (WDRB) - Agents with Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives and Kentucky State Police issued a public safety warning in Harlan County over IEDs found in trail cameras.

Three trail cameras have exploded and injured people. Agents found an additional nine IEDs and dismantled them. They warn more devices may still exist.

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

The IEDs were designed to explode when a person inserted batteries into the camera. Other IEDs were designed to detonate by a trip wire. In some cases, containers like milk jugs or paint cans were placed near the IED.

Authorities caution people not to handle trail cameras, tree stands, or any other item not placed by themselves.

If you locate a trail camera or tree stand that doesn't belong to you, do not touch it. Call law enforcement immediately to provide them with the location of the item.

You can contact Kentucky State Police Post 10 at 606-573-3131 or the ATF at 859-219-4500.

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