ZULLINGER, Pa. - Police are used to responding to bomb threats and suspicious packages, but the object found in the front yard of a Washington Township home Sunday afternoon turned out to be a real pipe bomb.
A U.S. Army bomb disposal unit from the 756th Ordnance Co. in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., was called to examine the device, which Washington Township Police Sgt. Barry Keller said was approximately 10 inches long. The bomb was found by the homeowner on the 5800 block of Buchanan Trail East shortly after 1 p.m.
"They did say they were investigating it and said there was going to be an explosion ... I assume they blew it up. After the bang, everybody was pretty at ease," said Waynesboro Fire Department Chief Dale Fishack.
The bomb disposal unit did not want its method of disposing of the pipe bomb revealed, Keller said.
"They had the road blocked off from Price's Church Road to Polktown Road," according to a woman who lived near where the bomb was found. She would not give her name, but said the bomb was not found in her yard.