Police detonate pipe bomb in Issaquah Highlands portable toilet

July 24, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Police display a pipe bomb discovered in a portable toilet July 16 and later safely detonated the device. Issaquah Police Department

Police safely detonated a pipe bomb discovered inside a portable toilet in the Issaquah Highlands on July 16, not long after a construction crew discovered the Honey Bucket had been damaged by explosives.

The incident occurred at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast College Drive. Bellevue Police Department bomb squad personnel responded to the scene after workers discovered the unexploded pipe bomb inside the damaged Honey Bucket. The case remains open and under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department.

Police said another portable toilet in nearby Central Park sustained damage from explosives July 4. Police responded to the incident at 10:12 p.m. on Independence Day, amid a series of fireworks-related calls.

What to know

The pipe bomb case remains open and under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department. People with information about the incident should call Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash at 837-3200.

Investigators asked for tips and assistance from citizens in reporting suspicious activities near construction areas in the highlands.

“We encourage everyone in our community to be aware of what these devices look like, and alert authorities if they see any unusual behavior,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said in a statement. “These types of devices can cause serious injury or even death.”

If a resident finds suspected explosives, he or she should not touch or disturb the device, and should instead call 911 immediately.

Police asked residents to avoid future pipe bomb incidents by monitoring any unusual interest in chemicals and explosives, and learning what a pipe bomb looks like. Most pipe bombs consist of short sections of steel water pipe closed at both ends with steel or brass caps. The explosive mixture is then packed inside, and the fuse is left exposed.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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