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Pipe bomb found near Goldsboro

Posted January 3, 2011

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— Authorities from several law enforcement agencies investigated a "suspicious device" found along U.S. Highway 70 westbound in Wayne County Monday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said it was a pipe bomb.

An inmate work crew from Wayne Correctional Facility found the pipe bomb on the shoulder of the highway, near Goldsboro, around 2 p.m., authorities said. 

After traffic was diverted from the area, Jeff Smith, who lives near the scene, said the area has never been so quiet.

And then -- a loud bang.

"It just sounded like a shotgun going off or a rifle," Smith said. He believes that's when authorities detonated the bomb.

Authorities investigate pipe bomb along U.S. Highway 70 Authorities investigate pipe bomb along U.S. Highway 70

Just before Christmas, he said, he found fragments of what he believes was another pipe bomb in his front yard.

"I found some pieces of one that had been detonated in my yard," Smith said. "Just a small piece of pipe that had been shredded apart."

He said he turned those fragments over to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, who investigated the incident Monday.

Along with the sheriff's office, Wayne County Fire Marshals, Highway Patrol, Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were all called to the scene.

The investigation of how the pipe bomb got there is ongoing.


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  • limeyrider Jan 5, 2011

    Bill, THAT would make sense... I had briefly lost hope in the public's ability to read. With lots of 'portable web' devices not everything is displayed, but I see it on a standard monitor. I do recall the incident in Raleigh that WAS a pool noodle was investigated because a service member reported it. IE: "Trained eyes" albeit at highway speed, but EOD did not detonate it.

  • regbill Jan 4, 2011

    limeyrider, Notice the article was posted initially and then about 6 hours later was updated. The inital comments came in before the article was updated with the data you read.

  • oleguy Jan 4, 2011

    I have tried to leave this one alone, But I am weak....
    Some of these, SOME OF these so called pipe bombs, are no more than home made fireworks,, I know I know,,, But 20 plus years ago we made these for New Years eve,,, Or some of us just used 1/4 sticks....Well maybe 40 years ago,,, Even Chicken manure and fertlizer with a cap... But now days we would have been arrested as terrorist,, same thing diffrent time,,,

  • limeyrider Jan 4, 2011

    Did anyone commenting actually READ the article???

    "THE NORTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL SAID, 'IT WAS A PIPE BOMB'...Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Seymour Johnson AFB...Authorities detonated the bomb."

    It was NOT a pool noodle NOR fireworks. FROM NOW ON, NONE OF YOU who posted 'pool noodle' are allowed to VOTE or REPRODUCE!!

  • dogluv3r Jan 4, 2011

    leo...I usually agree with you, but think you jumped the gun this time. I think what they were trying to say is they drove past 795 to get to the detour. If they would have routed everyone onto 795 things would have gone much smoother.

  • leo-nc Jan 3, 2011

    "We were detoured forever....They could have just detoured at I-795 and saved many, many people a significant amout of time!"---

    Or they could have just let you drive over it and then there would be no need to call the SBI or anyone else.

  • lma1973 Jan 3, 2011

    An inmate work crew found it. Im sure it was a bottle rocket or something.

  • Worland Jan 3, 2011

    The road sides in Wayne County are smothered in garbage. Probably something that fell off a garbage truck. Pool Noodle sounds about right.

  • cledbetter Jan 3, 2011

    Probably another Pool Noodle. Just like the one that shut down 540 for hours a couple of months ago.

  • RB-1 Jan 3, 2011

    Hope no one's hurt trying to deal with it.

    Bad stuff, if it's a real one.