Clallam deputies probe origins of pipe bomb found at home

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County deputies are investigating the source of pipe bomb found in a home southeast of Port Angeles late Wednesday night.

The State Patrol bomb squad disarmed the 8-inch explosive device, and no one was injured, said Ron Cameron, chief criminal deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

Nearby residences were not in danger, Cameron said Thursday in a report on the incident.

At about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to a home on Patterson Road off Monroe Road in response to reports of a disturbance and possible shots fired, after which they contacted a resident at the home.

“The resident told deputies that he and a friend had shot off a couple of firecrackers, but there were no gunshots, and no disturbance had occurred,” Cameron said.

Deputies find in search

With the resident's permission, deputies searched the house and located an item approximately 8 inches long and in the shape of a flashlight.

“The deputy recognized it as what is commonly referred to as a pipe bomb,” Cameron said.

Deputies evacuated the residence and contacted the State Patrol Bomb Squad.

Cameron said that once the home was cleared, deputies obtained a search warrant and took some additional evidence, but there was no indication the pipe bomb had been constructed at the Patterson Road home.

Investigators plan additional interviews and will continue the investigation to determine the origin of the item and the person or persons responsible for its construction, he said.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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