LAPD Bomb Squad Makes Beeping Easter Eggs For Vision-Impaired Local Boy And Friend

Louie and his mom accept beeping Easter eggs for him and a friend from LAPD Bom Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris on behalf of the LAPD Bomb Squad. Photo Courtesy LAPD

LAPD Bomb Squad members, from left, Cmdr. Preston Ballew, Sgt. Chris Ross, Cpl. Ben Hinrichs and Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Not pictured is Cpl. Sheldon Simpson. Photo Courtesy LAPD


The Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad was sent a request by a local Los Alamos mother to create beeping Easter eggs for her vision-impaired child and the child of a friend. Ms. “Erin” learned that the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) creates beeping Easter eggs for
children with visual impairments so that they can still participate in festivities involving an Easter egg
hunt. However, this spring IABTI received so many requests for beeping Easter eggs that they were out
of stock.

That is when Erin reached out to the LAPD Bomb Squad, one of only six Public Safety certified FBI Bomb Squads in the State of New Mexico. LAPD was happy to oblige.

Last week the LAPD Bomb Squad wrapped up its monthly training and LAPD Bomb Technicians sat down at afterwards to create a dozen beeping Easter eggs complete with an on/off switch to allow Erin’s son Louie and his friend to have a fun Easter experience.

On Wednesday, Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Cmdr. Oliver Morris delivered the eggs along with some goodies to Louie. Louie made a thank you card for the technicians which will be placed in the hallway of LAPD.

“We are grateful to be a small part of this weeks Easter activities for some of our local children,” said Cmdr. Morris.

Bomb squad members are Ballew, Morris, Sgt. Chris Ross, Cpl. Ben Hinrichs and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson.