An unusual discovery made late last week prompted a call for help from the Youngstown Police Bomb Squad.
Authorities in Columbiana County responded to an area near the intersection of state Routes 170 and 154 in Negley on Friday, finding a pair of steel-encased pipe bombs underneath a bridge. Police said one of the devices was spotted lying near the edge of a creek by a utility worker making repairs in the area.
“What nobody should do, he grabbed it and tossed it up on the hill, thinking it was nothing, then they called the sheriff’s department, which called us,” said Officer Bob Dimaolo of the Youngstown Bomb Squad.
Technicians managed to recover both of the devices and detonate them safely. Authorities believe whoever made them was tossing the explosives into the creek to try and kill fish.
Police said while the bombs would not have caused much damage to the bridge, anyone handling them if they exploded could have been hurt or killed.