Vail Police trying to track source of fictitious call warning of four pressure cooker bombs

Posted at 1:05 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 15:05:30-04

VAIL, Colo. -- Police are trying to track down the source of a fictitious phone call  warning that four "pressure cooker" bombs would be detonated if a ransom was not paid to the caller.

The call was place at 6:38 p.m. on Saturday.

Vail Police officers responded to a condominium complex on Garmisch Drive in West Vail after the caller stated that the four bombs would be detonated in one of the units.

In addition to police, the Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Eagle County Special Operations Unit and Jefferson County Bomb Squad all responded to the call.

Police say the call was recorded and tracked and that they found the owner of the phone.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the call was placed fictitiously, and without the knowledge or authorization of the owner.

It was quickly determined that there was no threat to the public.

Police say Garmisch Drive was closed for nearly three hours while the incident was being investigated.

Public safety alerts were sent advising of voluntary evacuations on all of Garmisch Drive, and mandatory evacuations of the affected condominium complex.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Luke Causey at 970-470-2372.