Explosive device found in Agat ‘fake’

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Guam – While the Guam Fire Department (GFD) indicated that the “explosive device” found in Agata Marina on Tuesday was discovered by GFD personnel, a video depicting a conversation with a dumpster diver revealed that he was the one who first found the device.

The dumpster diver knew that the device was a “fake,” but did not know whom to inform about it.

The discovery of the package, which appeared to be a cellphone strapped on to some sort of explosive device, prompted the closure of the Agat Marina and the roads surrounding the area for four hours as federal and local authorities assessed the device.

But authorities were still in the dark and apparently had not yet uncovered that the device was a training tool that was not properly disposed of. It wasn’t until Monday evening that GFD announced that the suspicious package was a training device.

“I come by and they said they closed the port down,” the dumpster diver said. “They found the bomb and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I know what it is. They think it’s real.”

The dumpster diver wasn’t the only person who knew the device was fake, GFD Fire Fighter Patrick Flores is pictured holding the device which was used as part of a skit by GFD personnel at a department event.

This raises the question about how GFD did not recognize the device when it was found and why no one announced that the device was part of a demonstration.

It has since been revealed that Flores disposed of the device in the dumpster.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the community and will immediately address the issue internally to ensure accountability for the handling, storage and disposal of all training aids of the Guam Fire Department,” GFD said in a statement.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Flores was connected to a bomb threat. In 2015, he was charged with terrorist conduct after he threatened a cashier that he would blow up the place.

Authorities say they are unable to comment on the case as it is still under investigation.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.