BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) -- A pipe bomb exploded outside the front door of a Bonners Ferry residence over the weekend, injuring two men. The Bonners Ferry Chief of Police said the explosion could be heard for miles.
"It was heard over a wide area. Rocked a lot of people out of bed,” said Bob Boone, Bonners Ferry Chief of Police.
Boone said 19-year-old Allen Avery was arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive device and charged with unlawful use of destructive device or bomb. His bond was being held at $300,000. Police said Avery lit the bomb before running away.
Police received a call at 1:18 a.m. Sunday about the explosion. The two injured men said they opened the door, saw the pipe bomb and closed the door as it exploded. The two men were treated and released from the hospital. Officials said one victim almost had his Achilles tendon cut in half.
The pipe bomb went off at a mobile home. Three veterans were home at the time of the explosion. The two injured were watching T.V. just feet away from where the bomb was placed and heard the fuse, according to the men.
"The occupants of the residence had seen the device, and then quickly closed the door which probably saved their life,” said Boone.
Boone says an investigation by local, state and federal officials led to Avery's arrest.
"Apparently there was a personal vendetta that occured before. The suspect believed that these individuals were resposnsible for breaking into his automobile,” said Boone.