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Bomb squad removes device from door of car wash in St. George

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 17:13:50-05
A Washington County Bomb Squad technician removes a suspicious device from the office of the Ultra Car Wash, St. George, Utah, Jan. 2, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

A Washington County Bomb Squad technician removes a suspicious device from the office of the Ultra Car Wash, St. George, Utah, Jan. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy Ric Wayman/St. George News

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Police were called to a car wash in St. George Saturday after employees reported they came to work and found a metallic device strapped to the door, and police said the item appeared to be consistent with descriptions of a pipe bomb.

The call came at about 10 a.m. from the Ultra Car Wash, 766 South River Road in St. George.

Sgt. Rich Triplett, St. George Police Department, said when officers arrived they determined the metallic device appeared to be consistent with descriptions of a pipe bomb.

Bomb squad personnel were called to the scene to remove the device, which was about 5 inches long. It was not immediately clear whether or not the device was actually explosive, but the bomb squad will investigate to determine the components and dispose of the device safely.

Triplett said details about a motivation for the act are unclear, as the owners of the car wash were not aware of any disgruntled employees or customers or other possible explanations for the device’s appearance.

Triplett said the act appears to be an isolated incident.

A photo from the scene courtesy of St. George News shows bomb squad personnel at the scene.