Pipe Bomb Found In Woods Near Forest Lakes

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Officials are investigating a pipe bomb found Tuesday in the woods near Forest Lakes.

U.S. Forest Service employees discovered the device while surveying for an upcoming project on Old Rim Road (Forest Road 237), north of Highway 260.

The suspicious object was lying on the ground near some trees roughly 500 yards west of the Forest Lakes community, said Sgt. Jason Lurkins with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

The device was unconcealed and appeared to have been there at least a week.

Bomb technicians with the Flagstaff Police Department determined it was consistent with a metal, handmade pipe bomb.

They disabled the device and it was sent to a lab for further testing, Lurkins said.

Lurkins does not believe the bomb would have damaged any structures had it gone off, but was definitely dangerous.

“It looked like it was an area were people had been camping,” he said.

Forest Road 237 was closed for six hours while the CCSO, U.S. Forest Service Law and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Enforcement investigated the scene.

No other devices were found and the area has since been reopened.

The investigation is ongoing and officials are asking anyone with information to call the CCSO at (928) 774-4523.

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