Apparent pipe bomb lands in Mahoning Co. Dem. chair’s office

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Someone threw what appeared to be a pipe bomb into Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras’ private practice law office Thursday morning.

One of Betras’ employees was investigating a broken window at the law offices on Route 224 in Canfield when he found what he thought was a pipe bomb.

All of the employees were immediately evacuated, along with other buildings nearby as Youngstown’s bomb squad was called in to investigate.

A robot was sent to help officers detonate the bomb.

“It had a time fuse coming out of it, and it was about 8 to 10 inches in diameter,” said Brad Ditullio, Youngstown Bomb Squad. “It looked exactly like a real, live device.”

The investigation concluded that the device was not explosive.

“It was an inactive bomb. There was not powder to it. It was a replica,” said Major Jeff Allen, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.

Betras said he has gotten threats in the past, but this is the first time a bomb has been thrown at his office. Betras said the incident may be politically motivated.

“There are a lot of people who are running for office, who are putting their lives out there every day in the public. I don’t know what this involves, but we are taking it very seriously,” Betras said.

Pieces of the device were sent on to the state for analysis as detectives try to figure out who was responsible for placing it in Betras’ office.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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