Suspected Pipe Bomb Destroyed By Bomb Squad (With Photos)

November 14, 2013

An item suspected to be a possible pipe bomb  found alongside Highway 29 in Cantonment Wednesday morning turned out to be harmless.

“It looked like pipe with caps at both ends and a wick or something coming out of it,” George Guntner of Guntner Custom Pools in the 800 block of South Highway 29 said. He said he saw the device laying alongside Highway 29 and became suspicious because it looked like a pipe bomb.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad responded just after 10 a.m., and Highway 29 was closed as a precaution from about Chemstrand Road to Muscogee Road.

A member of the bomb squad could been seen carrying the device attached a to a tripod-like stand (pictured left) to an open area of a parking lot.  At 11:43 a.m. cries of “Fire in the hole” could be heard from the scene followed by the sound of a controlled explosion by the bomb squad to neutralize the object.

“The possible device was destroyed by the Fire Marshal’s bomb tech,” Sgt Andrew Hobbs, a spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, said at the scene.  “It was determined that it was not an explosive device.”

After the object was neutralized, Highway 29 was  reopened after being closed for about two hours.

Multiple units from Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded to the incident.

To watch the sequence of events, scroll down and read the description below each photo.

Pictured above: A member of the Florida State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad, in protective gear, carries the suspected pipe bomb.

Pictured above: The bomb squad member sets up the device for destruction.


Pictured above: Authorities examine the remnants of the device after it was purposefully exploded.

Pictured above: The bomb squad device used in the destruction of the suspicious item.

Pictured above: The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Unit arrives on scene. photos, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Suspected Pipe Bomb Destroyed By Bomb Squad (With Photos)”

  1. Dave on November 14th, 2013 11:47 am

    My fellow Americans, this response is crucial.

    Facts and latest reports show radical extremists collaborating and making a general effort to bring the suicide attacks generally attempted and executed abroad in 3rd world countries, to here in small town USA.

    It is a sad state of affairs but it is a very real state of affairs. Great job to the citizen who made the find and was able to tell what it might have been. Luckily it was found and determined not to be hostile.

    Great job to the LEOs and bomb squad. Sad to say but I see the ordi field growing in response to the growing threat of radical extremism here stateside.

    If you see something suspicious, just reporting to law enforcement. You can remain anonymous! I’d rather have an anonymous caller report something and have it investigated than my family or anyone walk into a bad situation.

    Be safe and be aware! Then days of being naive are over!

  2. Lin on November 14th, 2013 6:42 am

    My girlfriend & I drove by this while it was going on, it looked pretty scary, glad it turned out not to be and everyone was safe. Thank you.

  3. Man oh Man on November 14th, 2013 6:15 am

    I use pipe with caps on both ends to keep my screws, staples, zip ties, and any other small thing that can get lost in my toolbox. i guess I’d better go back to the boxes they came in or someone will think I have pipe bombs in my truck…it’s a sad state of affairs that we even know what a pipe bomb is let alone calling the law when we see something that we believe to be an IED…in Cantonement for pete’s sake!

  4. Jane on November 14th, 2013 4:34 am

    Thanks ECSO Leos and the bomb squad who puts it on the line everyday for us! Thanks William for great coverage.

  5. pat storey on November 13th, 2013 5:21 pm

    Thank you to the person who saw this and reported it.

  6. thankful on November 13th, 2013 3:51 pm

    Thank you to the Officials who responded to this. Thankfully it was “nothing”, but no one knew that to begin with. Thank you for putting yourself in harms way to protect us.

  7. No Excuses on November 13th, 2013 1:52 pm

    Thanks LEOS! We can’t be too careful!

  8. Mae on November 13th, 2013 12:08 pm

    Thanks William, You are always Johnny-on-the-spot. I don’t know how you do it.

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