Police find pipe bomb in woods behind Wasilla Wal-Mart

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2000

WASILLA (AP) -- Authorities said Thursday they're investigating an incident involving a pipe bomb found outside the Wasilla Wal-Mart.

Wasilla police told KMBQ radio station they were called to the store just before midnight Wednesday night. A security guard there noticed flames in the woods behind the store and heard a four-wheeler speeding away from the area.

Officers found a long, narrow burn pattern on the ground that led to a pipe bomb, which had not exploded. Police said they don't know why the gasoline trailer to the pipe bomb didn't ignite the fuse.

Police reported the incident to the explosive ordinance disposal team at Fort Richardson. The team disarmed the bomb, according to police.

Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon said the incident is under further investigation. He said that two previous bogus bomb threats were made to the store in the past two months.

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