Several families were evacuated late Tuesday, July 8, after a potential pipe bomb was discovered at 208 W. Elm. OPD Corporal Michael House was dispatched to the home at approximately 9:45 p.m. in reference to possible fireworks being set off in the back yard of the home.
“No one was in the yard,” Chief Barry Roberts said. “He noticed smoke coming out of the storm cellar.”
Upon opening the door, Roberts said, House noticed a small fire in a trash can and called the Olney Volunteer Fire Department. Firemen responded to the scene and extinguished the flames before going into the cellar to clear the scene.
“When they got the smoke cleared they noticed what looked like a possible pipe bomb laying there,” Roberts said. “It was a foot-long cylinder with tape. It looked like an explosive device taped to the side of it with some fuses.”
Roberts said the surrounding two-block area, which included eight to 10 families, was evacuated and the street was barricaded immediately. Roberts said there were two young men in the house playing video games. The families were offered a place to stay for the night at the Civic Center, the Pipeliner Inn and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.
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