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On April 15, 2013 around noon, employees with the US Forest Service were conducting a survey for an upcoming project in the area of Forest Service Road 237 north of Highway 260, in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, west of the community of Forest Lakes. While in this area, the Forest Service employees identified a suspicious object near some trees and contacted the area’s Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer. The object was later determined to be an undetonated handmade explosive device consistent with a metal “pipe bomb” design.
Forest Service Road 237 was closed for approximately six hours while Sheriff’s Deputies and US Forest Service Law Enforcement investigated the scene. Bomb technicians from the Flagstaff Police Department responded. Once the device no longer posed a threat of detonating, the scene was processed by deputies, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The area surrounding the device also was searched for any other potential devices. No additional devices were found, and the area has been reopened.
This investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about recent suspicious activity in this area or information regarding the discovered explosive device contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523.
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Media Contact: Sergeant Jason Lurkins, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5064