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Pipe Bomb Found in Downtown Springfield
No injuries have been reported.
Springfield Police are now trying to determine who left a pipe bomb in the heart of the capital city.
Investigators responded at 6:22 Monday night to 617 E. Washington Ave., between Brewhaus and the old Del's Popcorn Shop. A bomb squad arrived later.
They said they weren't sure what it was at first. But the Secretary of State's office said it turned out to be a pipe bomb, about seven inches long and an inch in diameter.
The bomb squad detonated it using a pan disruptor, which is a high-pressure water cannon.
"I seen all the lights flying down this way and I drove down Jefferson," said Larry Franklin, witness. "I got down here and I heard one set of an explosion and then I parked and I started walking this way, and ten minutes later I heard the second round of explosion and the bomb squad screaming 'hey hey hey,' and they started running in. And now I can see a nice hole in the wall."
The Secretary of State's office said it's turned the investigation over to Springfield police. Footage from at least three security cameras is being reviewed.
It's been a busy night for police in downtown Springfield.
Authorities say a 'suspicious device' was detonated by the Secretary of State bomb squad. Law enforcement responded to the 600 block of East Washington after a report of the suspicious device between 6:30 and 7:00.
Police are still investigating but won't confirm much.