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Date Released: 12/17/2010
Subject: Sheriff's Office Responds to Reported Pipe Bomb
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 201008050
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: McKinleyville

Shortly before 1:30 this afternoon Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported pipe bomb near the Hammond Trail at Kelly Avenue and Murray Road. A concerned citizen reported that a man placed the suspicious object at a picnic table and left. Sheriff’s deputies, including members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, responded to the location. The pipe was black PVC and capped at both ends, consistent with the appearance of a pipe bomb. An EOD Deputy donned a blast resistant Bomb Suit and approached the pipe. The deputy evaluated the pipe and determined it was not an explosive device. Further investigation revealed the pipe was placed there as part of the GPS treasure hunting game Geocaching.