Authorities evacuated several residences in Eudora and called in a bomb squad from Overland Park Tuesday evening after police discovered a pipe bomb on the east edge of town.
Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said today that a police officer searching a car at Eighth and Birch discovered the explosive in the vehicle about 6:30 p.m.
Long said 11 to 16 people from six to eight houses were evacuated to a church at Ninth and Church while authorities notified the Overland Park Police Department bomb squad.
The squad arrived at 8:34 p.m. and placed the bomb in a special trailer. Squad members then took the bomb to a quarry about one mile east of Eudora and detonated it, using plastic explosives.
Long said no one was injured.
He and Lawrence firefighters reported that the bomb consisted of an eight-inch length of galvanized-steel pipe containing one and one-half pounds of smokeless black powder and a fuse.
"It was probably equal to two to three sticks of dynamite," Long said.
Lawrence police reported that a Lawrence officer investigating the theft of a police radio discovered the bomb after obtaining the car owner's consent to search the vehicle.
Long said police were not sure who put the bomb in the car, or why. No arrests have been made.
"It's all under investigation," he said.