UPDATE: Police Release New Details on Rochester Pipe Bomb

Posted at: 07/09/2013 11:15 AM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 6:55 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Rochester police say the pipe found Monday morning near a power pole in northwest Rochester was old and rusty. It also appears the pipe bomb had been at that location for some time.

Captain John Sherwin says they are still looking into how the pipe bomb ended up at that location.

“That’s the big question, it was really in a random location near the frontage road so it could have been something that was discarded, it doesn’t appear that there was ill intent based on location,” said Captain Sherwin.

An RPU worker originally found the suspicious item near a power pole at the intersection of 18th Ave. NW and 18th St. NW. Police were able to confirm that the item was a pipe bomb.

The pipe bomb was described as an 8-10 inch long pipe with metal caps on each side. The street was blocked off while the Bloomington Bomb Squad was called into investigate.

The pipe bomb was then safely detonated.

“Fortunately for us this device was away from houses and businesses so it was relatively easy to maintain the area and make sure that everyone stayed safe,” said Captain Sherwin.

There are no suspects as to who could have placed the pipe in the area. Police are still investigating the incident.