Thursday, June 6, 2013
Possible pipe bomb found near rural McKinney park
Police continue to investigate what they believe was an explosive device.
MCKINNEY Residents of rural McKinney had a surprise visit from a bomb squad Monday afternoon after reports of a pipe bomb caused concern from local authorities.
The Collin County Sheriff's office received a call around 3 p.m. Monday stating a pipe bomb was found at the intersection of County Road 168 and County Road 166.
Lt. John Norton of the sheriff's office said county deputies secured the area and immediately called the Plano bomb squad.
"We [had] something that [appeared] to be a device," Norton said late Monday afternoon. "It has been described as a tube with a fuse coming out of the top ... We secured the area with a 200-foot perimeter and did evacuate a couple of houses."
The area, near Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney, is a rural area, causing confusion as to why the item would have been placed there. After nearly three hours, the bomb squad deemed the area safe and confiscated the item.
"I think it was an explosive device," Norton said. "I really can't guess as to the potential damage that might have occurred."
Authorities are still investigating the incident.
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