Pipe Bomb in Downtown Springfield
Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 11:54 PM CDT
UPDATED 10:50 p.m.
Springfield Police are now trying to determine who left a pipe bomb in the heart of the capital city. Investigators responded at 6:22 Monday night to 617 E. Washington Ave., between Brewhaus and the old Del's Popcorn Shop. A bomb squad arrived later. They said they weren't sure what it was at first. But the Secretary of State's office said it turned out to be a pipe bomb, about seven inches long and an inch in diameter. The bomb squad detonated it using a pan disrupter, which is a high-pressure water cannon. The Secretary of State's office said it's turned the investigation over to Springfield police. Footage from at least three security cameras is being reviewed.
A dangerous situation tonight when a suspicious package was found in the 600 block of east Washington... The heart of downtown.
A discovery that turned out to be a pipe bomb.
Police say they weren't sure what it was at first, but they were calling it a suspicious device.
It was shortly after 6pm when streets were blocked off and the Secretary of State bomb squad was called in.
There are at least three cameras in this area. Officers hope one if them will offer some clue as to how this device got here.
Larry Franklin/Witnessed the package detonation:
I seen all the lights flying down this way and I drove down Jefferson. I got down here and I heard one set of an explosion and then I parked and I started walking this way and 10 minutes later I heard the second round of explosion and the bomb squad screaming hey hey hey and started running in. And now I can see a nice hole in the wall.
The incident could wind up being a local or federal investigation.