Bomb squad responds after Thurston County public works employee finds pipe bomb in middle of road.

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The Thurston County Sheriff’s Department closed the 3900 block of 113th Avenue Southwest Thursday morning after a public works employee found what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the road.

The sheriff’s office summoned the Washington State Patrol bomb squad, which determined the device was volatile and opted to detonate it. The road was reopened afterward.

The sheriff’s office said nothing else was known about the device or any possible target, and that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been notified and was responding.