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Pipe bomb found near Wallowa

It was safely detonated.
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on January 17, 2018 10:35AM

Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office handled a bomb scare in Wallowa Sunday afternoon. At approximately 3:06 p.m., a pedestrian walking along Lower Diamond Lane in Wallowa dialed 911 after seeing what appeared to be a pipe bomb near Lower Diamond Bridge not far from the Wallowa Rod and Gun Club.

Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Pagano arrived to observe a pipe about 12-14 inches long and an inch to an inch-and-a-quarter in diameter.

“When you look at these things, you’re not dead positive they are live bombs, but you see a few and you get experience,” said Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers. “The potential is there, so deputies don’t mess with them.”

Following procedure, the Pendleton Bomb Squad was called in and the case was turned over to Oregon State Police.

The bomb squad exploded the device in place when it arrived a few hours later.

“The deputies reported that if you were hanging on to it, the explosion could have removed a limb and it would have resulted in serious injuries to those standing within 15 feet,” Rogers said.

There are no leads in the case and the public is asked to step forward if anyone has information pertinent to the case.

“We’ll go have a chat with them,” Rogers said.


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