Pipe bomb found in trash can at Columbia Park

Tri-City HeraldMarch 10, 2014 

— A city employee found a pipe bomb Monday morning in a garbage can near the Kiwanis Building at Columbia Park in Kennewick.

The Parks Department employee, Mark Kesterson, spotted the bomb around 8:45 a.m. while changing liners in garbage cans, according to Kennewick police. The garbage can was 100 yards west of the Kiwanis Building.

Kesterson called police who then notified the Richland Bomb Squad of the explosive.

The bomb squad is an FBI certified team that is made up of four Richland officers, headed by Capt. Jeff Taylor, said Capt. Mike Cobb.

Police blocked off the area around the garbage can as bomb squad members investigated.

The bomb squad identified the explosive as a pipe bomb and safely "disposed" of it, police said.

Cobb said the bomb squad uses a robot to inspect possible explosives and a tool called a pan disrupter, or water cannon, to disable pipe bombs.

“The pan disrupter is a lone medal tube that holds a charge of water in it,” Cobb said. “It fires a plug of water to knock the cap (of the pipe bomb) off. All they need to do is open the pressure vessel and the device is no longer dangerous.”

Police asked Hanford Patrol and their specially trained dogs to search Columbia Park for other explosives, police said. No explosives were found in the park.

Kennewick police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 509-628-0333.

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