Broomfield student's long-term pinhole photography project caused two bomb scares

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Pinhole cameras for a Broomfield girl's photography project caused two bomb scares last week.

The first of the cameras was discovered on Aug. 13 at 10:28 p.m. According to the Broomfield Police Department, it was taped to a park bench in the open space west of W. 18th Ave. and Iris St.

The second camera was found the next day around 8:42 a.m. It was taped to a fence in the open space northwest of Ridgeview Circle and Kohl St.

The Adams County Hazardous Device Unit was called to check both items, which were both found to be long-term pinhole cameras. They were made of a sealed can with a small hole on one end and photographic paper inside.

Police say they received a call Monday from the photography student's father, who explained the project she was doing.

"He was apologetic, explaining that he never meant to scare anyone or cause alarm," police said.

Officers gave the father the same recommendation they had previously given to the entire community: To put a clear sign with contact information and an explanation of the item on any such projects.

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