Neighbors Unnerved by Pipe Bomb

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Alliance Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco  Firearms and Explosives are investigating a pipe bomb found attached to the undercarriage of a pickup truck Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1 p.m. in the 200 block of West Main Street in Alliance.

According to police, a man approached his truck and noticed the suspicious device wrapped in red tissue paper underneath the truck and called police.

He told the 911 dispatcher, “Well I just found a wrapped up item with wires running to it stuck to the bottom of my truck.”

Officers arrived to find an approximately 2-foot long apparent pipe bomb with wires.

Officials secured the area, then summoned the Summit County Bomb Squad and the ATF.

A pipe bomb of that size can contain either plastic or chemical explosives and send shrapnel sailing multiple feet in every direction.

“It kind of freaks me out,” said neighbor Aaron Swank. “I mean I live right here so I mean knowing that a lot of people would’ve gotten hurt, people here would’ve gotten hurt.”

Once there, bomb specialists determined that the item was, in fact, a live explosive device. They disarmed the bomb at the scene without detonation, police said.

Although no one was hurt, neighbors say they’re still unnerved by the day's events.

“I definitely will try to be safer, that’s kind of creepy scary,” said Swank.

The incident is under investigation by the Alliance Police Department and the ATF.

Anyone with information is asked to call the APD.

(Fox 8's Lindsay Buckingham contributed to this report.)

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