A volunteer road crew discovered two suspicious devices that appeared to be pipe bombs while cleaning along the Imnaha Highway verge near Dobbins Road Saturday, May 16, according to Wallowa County Sheriff Fred Steen. The sheriff's office responded at approximately 1:45 p.m. and discovered two, six-inch long tubes wrapped in duct tape with fuses in them.
"The State Police Bomb squad out of Pendleton responded and disabled the devices," said Steen.
Bomb squad personnel could not determine whether or not the devices would have exploded, Steen said, and made an identification of the contents by "best guess" before destroying them. The contents appeared to be commercial fireworks, Steen said.
The location of the devices contributed to the mystery of possible motives for creation of the bombs. "We don't know how long the devices were there," Steen said. The good news is that the devices were not placed or discarded in an area where damage to others was likely, nor were any threats received, he said.
A full story will appear in the May 21 issue of the Chieftain.