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Pipe Bomb Found in Woods near Forest Lakes

Dept of Agriculture USFS Forest ServiceFlagstaff AZ (April 17, 2013) – On April 15, 2013, around noon, employees with the U.S. Forest Service were conducting a survey for an upcoming project in the area of Forest Service Road 237, north of Arizona State Highway 260, in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, west of the community of Forest Lakes. While in this area, the Forest Service employees found a suspicious object near some trees and 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.

Forest Service Road 237 was closed for approximately six hours while CCSO 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).

The area surrounding the device also was searched for any other potential devices. No additional devices were found, and the area has been reopened.

This investigation is ongoing and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about recent suspicious activity in this area or information regarding the discovered explosive device contact the office at 928-774-4523.

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