OKC Police To Examine Remains Of Pipe Bomb Found In NE OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY - There are new details about a pipe bomb that was found just blocks north of the state Capitol.
About 8:30 a.m. Monday, a woman on her way to work noticed the device in the street near NE 37 and Stiles and then notified a nearby business about the discovery.
About 10:45 a.m., a bomb squad robot blew apart the device with a loud boom.
“That was the robot making the device safe,” Oklahoma City police Lt. Michelle Holland said. “They make the device safe by destroying it here at the scene.”
Surveillance video from a business on the northwest corner doesn't quite catch the exact spot, but it does show the woman who found it drive by and then circle back around into the parking lot to alert everyone.
Someone then snapped pictures and described the device as a couple of plastic PVC pipes held together with black electrical tape with a cell phone taped to the top. He said it was not there when he showed up at work about 8:15 a.m. If so, that leaves about a 15 minute window of opportunity from the time he showed up to the time the device was discovered.
Police are going through video from a business on the southwest corner and won't release it, because it's part of their investigation.
“It’s a little unnerving more than anything, because you don’t know if they’re targeting your building or they’re targeting somebody else,” John Burrows said.
Burrows works nearby.
Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews 9 flew overhead as crews blocked off streets and eventually blew apart the device on the spot.
Police are now taking a closer look at the debris in hopes it will give them a better idea of what it is and who made it.
The area was cleared just after 11 a.m.