Woman finds homemade bomb in Columbiana County mailbox

Bomb Squad officers say it looks like the fuse was lit

It was a scary Sunday afternoon for those living in a Columbiana County neighborhood.  It started after a woman discovered a homemade pipe bomb in her mailbox on King Road in Butler Township.


BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It was a scary Sunday afternoon for those living in a Columbiana County neighborhood.

It started after a woman discovered a homemade pipe bomb in her mailbox on King Road in Butler Township.

Police got the call around 3:40 p.m. Sunday. The woman told police that she had issues with people riding through the fields before finding the bomb.

Youngstown Bomb Squad officers tried to use a robot to get the device out of the mailbox, but it was eventually removed by hand.

It was apparently made with a galvanized metal pipe. Bomb Squad officers said it looks like the fuse was lit, but the device didn’t work correctly.

It will be sent to a lab to test if it is a functional device.

The woman who owns the house lives in Colorado. She said they’ve had issues with trespassers for years.

The manager of the property declined to talk.

Police are investigating. Lt. Doug Bobovnyik, of the Youngstown Bomb Squad, said there is a chance the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could get involved.

So far, there are no suspects.

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