Explosive device found in woods near Forest Lakes

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FOREST LAKES, Ariz. -- The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is investigating after an explosive device was found in the woods west of Forest Lakes on Monday.

U.S. Forest Service employees spotted a suspicious object near some trees in the area of Forest Service Road 237 north of Highway 260 in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest around noon.

The employees contacted the area's Forest Service Law Enforcement officer.

The object was later determined to be an undetonated handmade explosive device consistent with a metal "pipe bomb" design, according to the sheriff's office.

Forest Service Road 237 was closed for approximately six hours while sheriff's deputies and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement investigated the scene. Bomb technicians from the Flagstaff Police Department responded.

Once the device no longer posed a threat of detonating, the scene was processed by deputies, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

No additional devices were found and the area was reopened.

Anyone with information about recent suspicious activity in this area or information regarding the discovered explosive device is asked to call the sheriff's office at 928-774-4523.