Archive for Monday, March 10, 1997


March 10, 1997


A Winchester man found a pipe bomb in a ditch near his house, and authorities detonated it late Saturday night.

The man, who was not identified, found the device at 6:53 p.m. Saturday and took it to Valley Falls Police Chief Gordon Bledsoe, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said. Bledsoe alerted the Kansas Highway Patrol, the sheriff's department, Jefferson County District No. 11 Fire Department and the county's emergency management.

A highway patrol bomb canine "hit" upon the device, and the Topeka Police Department and the Topeka Airport Authority's bomb squad were called to Valley Falls. The bomb was detonated east of Valley Falls near the Delaware River at about 10 p.m. Saturday, the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said authorities determined the bomb was an "active" device, but details on what it looked like or was made of were not available. The location of the ditch where it was found was not disclosed.

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