JEMEZ, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been one week since an explosion in the Jemez Mountains injured a U.S. Forest Service firefighter.
Now a big reward is being offered for the arrest of whoever is behind it.
The U.S. Forest Service says it will pay up to $5,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest – and ideally – a conviction.
Just one week ago, a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service was working near the Fenton Lake turn off, putting up a fire danger sign.
That’s when officials say he spotted a glass jar with some kind of liquid in it.
Once he touched it with his foot, it exploded and caused minor burns.
Officials say he was taken to UNM Hospital where he was released the next day.
Now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is leading the investigation.
They want to know who put it there and why, with the U.S. Forest Service putting forth the reward.
Debris from the explosion has been sent off to a lab for analysis. Investigators combed the surrounding area afterwards and didn’t find any other devices.
AFT did not respond to phone calls Monday inquiring how the investigation is going.
The U.S. Forest Service says this is an active case and releasing more information could compromise the investigation.
The firefighter, who is from California, was in the Jemez helping deal with fires in the Santa Fe National Forest.