Device not a bomb but it blew up traffic

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:39am

EDMONDS — Traffic along Highway 99 was diverted for more than two hours Monday, May 2, when a bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious pipe found in front of a business near the Edmonds and Shoreline border.

Authorities say the suspicious pipe turned out not to be a bomb.

On Tuesday, technicians from the Snohomish County interagency bomb squad determined the device did not contain any explosive materials. It was made of aluminum and had a sensor device in a hollowed-out portion, with a wire from the sensor sticking out the top, according to Edmonds police Sgt. Jeff Jones.

Authorities are satisfied it has some legitimate use but don’t know what it is or how it came to be on Highway 99.

On Monday, an employee of a nearby business found the 2-foot-long pipe near the road in front of businesses near the county line. Police closed the highway from 240th Street SW to 224 Street SW until the device was removed.

An employee of an auto dealership spotted the two-foot long, two-inch diameter pipe near the roadway in front of the business shortly before 10 a.m.

Police called the bomb squad from the State Patrol and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to investigate. The object was removed around 12:30 p.m.

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