Update: Bomb Squad Called To Goodwill

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Omaha Police Bomb Squad was called to investigate a possible explosive device at the Goodwill warehouse near 72nd and F Streets Tuesday morning.

Everyday people come by and leave their gently used items at trailers in all parts of the metro. On Tuesday one of those boxes held something that looked like a pipe bomb.

The discovery sent everyone into motion; the Omaha Police Bomb Unit was called out and the building was evacuated.

The "bomb" turned out to be a hoax but it fooled a number of people. Even veteran bomb techs weren't sure until they disabled the device.

Sgt. Matt Manhart says, "Everything right now would indicate that it does have the appearance of a pipe bomb, I don't know if it has any explosive filler in it and until we do our render safe procedures we won't know if there is any explosive filler inside."

Goodwill employees were sorting through a load of donations in one box they they found the device.

Kris Pachunka says, "One of our employees found what looked like a pipe with wires coming out of each end. They told the supervisor and the supervisor then called police."

By the time the Bomb Squad arrived the building had been evacuated - the suspicious device segregated away from the work floor.

The device was removed and neutralized at a safe location. It turns out there were no explosives inside the pipe but someone wanted people to believe the device was a pipe bomb.

We don't know if the device was designed to scare Goodwill employees or it was part of a Halloween costume that inadvertently was placed in a box of donations.

We can tell you this; this pipe bomb hoax looked nothing like the devices found earlier at Memorial Park.

Manhart described the device as about 11-12 inches long and about an inch and a half in diameter. The tube was a PVC pipe with metal end caps.

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