UPDATE: Bomb Squad responds to “pipe bomb” scare in Jacksonville

By Ryne Turke on April 24, 2015 at 11:11am

Jacksonville Police received a scare this morning after the discovery of a possible explosive device in the city.

Jacksonville Police received a citizen complaint about a piece of metal on Superior Road at around 9 a.m.

Lieutenant Chris Johnson describes what a fellow officer discovered at the scene.

“It was a one-and-a-half or two inch in diameter piece of pipe. It was about six inches long with threaded end caps and tubing coming out of each end. Our first thought was it was some sort of pipe bomb or IED (Improvised Explosive Device),” says Johnson.

Johnson says several businesses were in the area of the unknown object, so Jacksonville Police blocked off the street for the public safety.

“We did notify Blue Cross Blue Shield and they were far enough away that we didn’t have to worry about evacuating them. I notified them that if there was some kind of explosion then the next step would be toxins,” says Johnson.

“The American Legion was closed. They did have some employees that showed up, but we advised them to stay inside of the brick building. Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf is in the area and we asked them to stay inside. If it was something that we feared to be a larger explosion then would we have evacuated those three areas.”

After contacting several local businesses to determine if the object was a car part or from a furnace, Jacksonville Police brought in the Secretary of State Bomb Squad.

“They responded and used one of their pieces of equipment to blast off the end of it. There ended up being nothing inside, so we were happy about that part,” says Johnson.

Johnson says this is the second time he has worked with the Secretary of State Bomb Squad in his 19 years of service.

The all clear was given by officers at around 11 a.m.