Aspen Learning More About Man Behind Bomb Scare

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) Aspen residents are learning more about the disgruntled former resident who planted four bombs on new year’s eve and threatened “mass death” in his hometown.

James Chester Blanning set off a mass evacuation when he left gift-wrapped home-made bombs downtown, two in banks and two in an alley. The bombs came with typewritten notes demanding money and saying Aspen would pay what he call a “horrible price in blood.”

The 72-year-old former competitive skier took his own life and was found dead early the next day. No one was injured by the bombs.

The aspen times reports that the new year’s bomb scare wasn’t the first time Blanning caused an Aspen evacuation. An expert in the town’s old silver mines, Blanning advised the Mayor in 1983 to evacuate businesses because of threat of mudslides. Former Mayor Bill Stirling says he took Blanning’s advice and cleared the downtown for a day - though no mudslides happened.

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