Kentucky State Police initiate weapon of mass destruction investigation after finding pipe bomb at truck stop

Kentucky State Police initiate weapon of mass destruction investigation after finding pipe bomb at truck stop

A Kentucky truck stop was evacuated over the weekend when an explosive device was discovered inside a trash can outside of the building.

Kentucky State Police received a call about a potential explosive device at the Pilot Travel Center in Pendleton on Sunday, May 27, just after 2:30 p.m. A truck stop employee discovered what was thought to be a six inch pipe bomb in a trash can outside of the facility.

After deeming the device to be a legitimate threat, the truck stop was evacuated.

A KSP Hazardous Device Unit was dispatched to the scene to neutralize the device.

The device was rendered secure around 5:30 p.m. and the Pilot Travel Center was reopened around 6:15 p.m.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident as a “Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction” felony. They have collected surveillance footage and have interviewed witnesses on the scene.

No arrests have been made.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Source: Ashley

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