Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Bomb squad unit called to Baldwin

September 4, 2002

Baldwin police are still looking for those involved in throwing a lit homemade device from a car late Sunday night at First and Chapel streets.

Sgt. Colleen Larson said a witness saw the cardboard device, which was first thought to be a pipe bomb, thrown from a car around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Larson said the device burned out, but did not explode or cause any damage. There were no injuries.

Baldwin police and firefighters, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies and Douglas County paramedics responded. The Olathe bomb squad was called to remove the device.

"It wasn't your typical what we call pipe bomb. A pipe bomb will do a lot more damage," Larson said. "This was a homemade device, not a pipe bomb."

Unlike the device found, she said a pipe bomb consists of dynamite or other high explosive packed in a length of pipe.

"This didn't have anything like that," she said.

The Olathe bomb squad is still investigating the contents of the device.

Larson said they don't know who threw the device but will continue investigating the incident. Anyone with information can call the Baldwin City Police Department.

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