Tacoma bomb squad detonates explosive found behind business:

A homemade bomb was found behind a business in Tacoma’s West End on Sunday evening, according to police. A bomb squad responded and detonated the device.

Tacoma Police Department said its Explosive Ordnance Detail responded about 8:14 pm to the 5900 block of 6th Avenue after a security guard found a suspicious object near a dumpster behind a BECU credit union location at the Highland Hill Shopping Center.

“This was similar to a pipe bomb,” police spokeswoman Wendy Haddow said. “This one had PVC pipe and a fuse.”

The bomb squad rendered the device safe by detonating it. Haddow said it was unclear who or what the bomb was intended for. There were no related threats to the business. Police do not have information on a possible suspect. They are continuing to investigate.

Police said if you find a suspicious object, leave it where it is, clear the area and call 911. Haddow said people should look for anything that looks like it could be used for a bomb such as fuses, wires or timers.

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Tacoma Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Detail responded Sunday, June 5 to a business in the 5900 block of 6th Avenue where a suspicious object was found. It was determined to be a bomb, and the Explosive Ordnance Detail detonated it. Tacoma Police Department:

This story was originally published: June 6, 2022 11:11 AM.

Peter Talbot covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. In college, he worked as an intern at NPR in Washington, DC He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.

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