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Pipe bomb found in Vail Valley

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A pipe bomb was disabled by a bomb squad Tuesday evening in a secluded part of a Vail Valley area that is popular with campers.

A man picking up trash at about mile 5 of the Homestake Access Road Sunday told authorities he picked up a metal pipe, realized it might be a bomb and threw it in the water. The U.S. Forest Service notified the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Jefferson County Bomb Squad responded, found the pipe bomb in the water and disabled it. Authorities searched the area where the bomb was found and found nothing else suspicious.

Authorities could not say Tuesday how big an explosion the bomb might have produced had it detonated.

“It was in a secluded area so the chance of public contact was minimal,” said Shannon Cordingly, a spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Forest Service said it received a report about two years ago that someone was blowing up beaver dams in the same area, which is between Red Cliff and Leadville.

A person found in possession of a pipe bomb could be charged with illegal use of an explosive, Cordingly said.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who comes in contact with an explosive or anything suspicious, to immediately leave the area, then call 911.

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