With the bombings in Boston dominating the national news, U.S. Forest Service employees on Tuesday, April 16 discovered an unexploded pipe bomb near the community of Forest Lakes.
Forest Service employees found the device while surveying for an upcoming project on Forest Road 237 north of Highway 260 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, west of the community of Forest Lakes. After finding a suspicious object near some trees they contacted a 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 six hours while Coconino County sheriff’s deputies and Forest Service Law Enforcement investigated the scene.
Bomb technicians from the Flagstaff Police Department also responded.
Once the device no longer posed a threat of detonating, deputies, Forest Service Law Enforcement and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) searched the area for any other potential devices. They found no additional devices and have since reopened the area.
This investigation is ongoing and the sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information about recent suspicious activity in this area or information regarding the discovered explosive device contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523.