Sheriff’s deputies in Yavapai County are trying to find out how an apparent pipe bomb ended up alongside a roadway.
A man picking up litter on Outer Loop Road outside Chino Valley came across the suspicious device just after 2:30 p.m. and contacted the sheriff’s office.
“Upon arrival, deputies confirmed the device was likely a pipe bomb and secured the area,” YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.
The device, with an exposed wire and wrapped in tape, measured about 4 inches long by 1 ½ inches in diameter.
Deputies turned the matter over to the Department of Safety Bomb Squad from Phoenix.
“They set up a water based charging instrument which struck the device with a high pressure blast of water,” D’Evelyn said.
The purpose was to get the device to react and explode or render it disarmed under controlled conditions.
D’Evelyn said the device did not explode and was rendered safe.
It appeared the device had been in place for some time, YCSO said.
People with information about the device can call the sheriff's office at 928-711-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Refer to case number 17-004976.
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