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Duncan pipe bomb scare 'blessing in disguise'

Duncan_As 7News reported Tuesday night, a bomb scare in Duncan caused its police department to shut down for two hours.  Police say a city employee walked through the doors with what appeared to be a pipe bomb.  The workers said he found it in a ditch while at work and didn't know what to do with it - so, he took it to the police station.

On Wednesday, Duncan Police say they were so surprised that someone even would touch - or try to move - a pipe bomb.  "We received a call that one of the city workers had brought in what was possibly classified as a pipe bomb," said Duncan Police Lieutenant Jimmy Williams.  It took a couple of officers to determine that that was what it was, and from there they say they evacuated the building and called in a bomb squad.  "You want to make sure that you take the maximum safety precautions so that if it inadvertently goes off, or something happens, then no one's life is in danger at that point."

Police let the bomb squad take over from there.  "OHP (Oklahoma Highway Patrol) Bomb Squad came down, utilizing their robot in the PD (Police Department) after it had been evacuated, and retrieved the device," said Williams.  He says it was a tense moment when the robot walked the pipe bomb outside to the parking lot and dismantled it. 

He says the situation could have been much.  "One of the bomb technicians made the comment that it was devised for maximum damage," said Williams.  "He said if a person was close to it, and it went off, it could have taken off an arm or a leg."

The bomb shut down the police department for two hours, but Williams says it was a blessing in disguise.  "Now the city has taken steps to have some classes for all the field employees; they will know what to look for if they see something out of the ordinary." 

Williams says that if you come across something that appears to be an explosive device, do not try to take a closer look, touch it, or try and move it.  He says to call 911 immediately.

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