State Patrol Bomb Squad destroys sparkler bombs in Ocean Shores

The Washington State Patrol sent their bomb squad to Ocean Shores today, local police tells KBKW someone found and reported a couple of “pipe bomb-looking devices” in the parking lot of the Shilo Inn at 10:45 Saturday morning. Sgt. David McManus said it was likely they were improvised fireworks, but the precaution was necessary. The area was cordoned off and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called. The bomb technicians moved the items to a safe container for transport, then the devices were taken to a remote location and destroyed.

A press release from the department this evening stated that Saturday morning, a guest at the Shilo Inn found two suspected explosive devices left on the back bumper of his truck. He moved them next to a trash can then notified the hotel staff. A maintenance worker placed a bucket over the items and called 911. The Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments responded.

The devices were two small PVC pipes (about 4-6 inches long), sealed at both ends.

The area was cordoned off and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called. The bomb technicians moved the items to a safe container for transport, then the devices were taken to a remote location and destroyed.

The bomb technicians were able to determine that the devices were “sparkler bombs” – common sparklers packed into a tight container. The sparklers that would act as fuses had burned down without detonating the devices, so it appears that whoever made them just left them on the truck’s bumper. Sparkler bombs can produce fairly strong explosions and are very dangerous.

There are no suspects.

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