VERMILION TWP. — The Lorain County Bomb Squad was called after an Ohio Department of Transportation worker discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb near state Route 2 in Erie County.
As a result, state Route 2 between state routes 60 and 61 was shut down, said Christine Myers, spokeswoman for ODOT. Myers said the westbound portion of Route 2 reopened after it was discovered that the suspected pipe bomb was actually a document holder belonging to a trucking company.
Dispatcher Cary Ahten, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Sandusky post, said the device, which looked like a pipe bomb, was sent to be analyzed, but she couldn’t confirm that the object was a document holder. She said the patrol is investigating, but she said the device was not an explosive.
The patrol was initially called to the scene at 11:22 a.m. after a report from the ODOT worker. The road was reopened by 1:30 p.m., she said.
Susan Thayer, who lives near where the object was discovered, said she witnessed the Lorain County Bomb Squad detonate the object with a “bomb robot.” She said everyone was told to keep away from the area, but she was not concerned.
“I knew that the firefighters were closer, and they weren’t concerned,” she said.
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