Work order mistaken for pipe bomb

Scare closed down Route 2 Tuesday.
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Jun 12, 2013

 

By COURTNEY ASTOLFI
astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

Somewhere there is an overgrown tree in need of an overdue trim.

A work order from a tree-trimming business caused quite a stir Tuesday on Ohio 2, when the container it was stored in was mistaken for a possible pipe bomb, closing down part of the highway and backing up traffic for about two hours.

An Ohio Department of Transportation employee was searching for a deer carcass in the grass along the eastbound lane of Ohio 2, when he stumbled upon the suspicious container and alerted authorities.

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Troopers from the State Highway Patrol, along with Erie County deputies responded shortly after 11 a.m. and closed down the eastbound lanes between Ohio 61 and 60, while they awaited the Lorain County Bomb Squad.

Despite its harmless contents, the man who found the container had every reason to be concerned— a white PVC pipe, capped on both ends with a yellow cord poking out— is hardly a common roadside fixture.

The bomb squad set up shop 500 yards away from the “device” and sent in a remote-controlled robot to determine if it was explosive, but could not make any conclusions one way or another. They then used the robot to set off a small detonation intended to disable live bombs, blowing the foot-long pipe apart.

Deputies and troopers retrieved the remnants of the pipe and found within a tree-trimming work order, dated January of an unknown year. When deputies contacted the listed business, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, later Tuesday, they confirmed their use of the pipes as waterproof document containers at work sites.

Deputies and troopers re-opened the eastbound lanes of Ohio 2 shortly after 1 p.m.

Comments

bigdad1205

Could have saved them all kind of money. Just send a picture of it to someone who can tell the difference between nylon rope and fuse.

bigdad1205

Could have saved them all kind of money. Just send a picture of it to someone who can tell the difference between nylon rope and fuse.

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2cents

I know LE was doing their job, but the concern here is, please do not give everyone the impression that all bombs must be cylindrical in shape. Cartoons are not the real world my friends!

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Contango

Re: "...mistaken for a possible pipe bomb, closing down part of the highway and backing up traffic for about two hours."

So what authorities are teaching all real and wannabe terrorists is that all they need to do to shut down our highway systems is to toss a bunch of capped metal and/or PVC pipes along the sides of roads?

Nice instructive 'show & tell' photo to boot!

Two guys with a pressure cooker shut down the entire city of Boston for several days.

We're (bleeped)!

beepx22

All part of the Push of the Gov't to make us assume we need them for protection

shucks

-beepx22
Well then, why don't you buy a whole bunch of guns and protect yourself?

ladydye_5

And you think the terrorists do not ALREADY know this?????

Contango

Yea, and there's "terrorists" under every rock and in every nook and cranny in the U.S. :)

More concerned about the wannabe copycat terrorists.

Darwin's choice

Chicken Little......

bigrmachine

See what they really haven't told you yet ,but the Deer made that pipe bomb and was gonna set it off but died from all that exhaust pollution standing there by the freeway waiting for an opportune moment.

grandmasgirl

Come on people. Give these guys a break. It was an honest mistake. I would rather someone who wasn't for sure what it was, call the experts than to take a chance and have someone get killed.

irish6476

Better safe than sorry

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2cents

Tell that to all the fat kids that missed out on all the play ground equipment that was removed to protect them from a bruse!!

he said she said

Now, now. We all know that if this wasn't called in by a worker and it was a real bomb that went off and hurt/killed people on the highway, there are some on here that would be calling the worker names for not calling it in!! We all know that tomorrow is not guaranteed but if I can live another day not getting blown up by a bomb, I'm freaking happy!!

Contango

"...if I can live another day not getting blown up by a bomb, I'm freaking happy!!"

"If"?

Your odds are one h*ll of a lot better that you'll be involved in a traffic accident or have a serious accident in your home.

America is scaring itself to death.

Kinda like all the bozos spending hundreds of dollars on Power Ball and expecting to win. Your odds of getting attacked by a polar bear and a black bear on the same day are greater. :)

shucks

"America is scaring itself to death."

No, the Republican Party is scaring America to madness.

Contango

Re: "No, the Republican Party is scaring America to madness."

^^^ “My tin foil hat is at the cleaners.” – 4shizzle, 4/26/13 :-7

shucks

"As is said: A fish rots from the head down."- Contango 06/13/2013

HILARIOUS !!!

Contango

Re: "06/13/2013" ????

^^^ “ Like always, you are wrong” – 4shizzle, 4/24/13 :-7

44846GWP

Like you didn't but at least one ticket Winnie.

Contango

Re: "Like you didn't but at least one ticket Winnie."

^^^ "Drunken pretentious rantings." - 4shizzle, 6/4/13. :-7

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2cents

I am over in the Toronto area, wow to have hot water in a hotel. I guess these Cannadians have not heard of the scolding problem that requires so many rules and regulations in the US. Just venting about big brother controling every aspect of my life!

Unassumer

I suppose it is better to be safe than sorry but just the same, fear is running our lives. We can't let fear control us like this. If it's your time to go, it's your time to go. Most have someone protecting them like guardian angels so it's time to quit being paranoid!