A hiker discovered a detonated pipe bomb, above, at Crescent Lake.
Police were dispatched to Crescent Lake, at 495 Shuttle Meadow Rd., just after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 after a hiker reported a detonated pipe bomb in the woods. The Southington Fire Department and an American Medical Response Ambulance were also dispatched to the area.
The hiker told police he located a suspicious black object, which resembled a pipe bomb. The item was discovered after the hiker had walked approximately 30 minutes into the woods off of a trail. The device was found resting at the base of a tree.
The device is described as an eight inch long metal tube, black in color, two to three inches in diameter with a small hole drilled in the base. One end was covered in what appeared to be a large amount of duct tape
The device had been moved by the hiker, and the original area where the device was found was located and secured by police. Members of the SPD Special Investigations Unit and the Connecticut State Police (CSP) bomb technicians responded to the scene. The device was packaged up safely by CSP and removed from the scene. It appears that the device had been previously detonated. The CSP believes that the device may have been at this location for up to one year.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Southington Police Department Det. Kyle Dobratz at (860) 378-1654. Residents are also reminded that if they locate a suspicious object or package, so not touch it. Police warn to leave it in place, move away from the area, and call 911.