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Safe detonation of pipe bombs prompts worried calls from nearby residents

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STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.- KHQ received several calls early Tuesday morning from viewers in the Loon Lake area who heard two large explosions in their neighborhood. KHQ spoke with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office who told us the story actually started three days before and involves two elementary students, a bus stop and three pipe bombs. 

The two explosions early Tuesday morning were the safe detonation and destruction of those pipe bombs by the Spokane Bomb Squad. We're told that on Friday two 12 year-old boys found two pipe bombs by their bus stop, about a mile northwest of Loon Lake on Lion Moss Road. The left them there, but on Monday afternoon they decided to pick them up and bring them home. 

A family member of one of the boys found the bombs and got them safely out of the home before calling the Stevens County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies who responded decided their office was not equipped to safely deal with the pipe bombs and called in three officers with the Spokane Bomb Squad. Those officers arrived late Monday afternoon to destroy the bombs. 

To safely deal with the pipe bombs, the officers buried the bombs and packed sandbags on top of them. They did two pipe bombs at once, and then a third in a separate blast. According to the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, the Bomb Squad uses their own explosives to essentially pulverize the pipe bombs and render them obsolete. That way they don't actually detonate the homemade pipe bombs which could be dangerous. 

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office is now working to find out how the pipe bombs got to that bus stop in the first place. They do not believe the boys who found them had anything to do with making them.

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