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Bomb squad detonates devices, Mishawaka roads reopened

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Two pipe bombs found in the area of Indian Ridge Boulevard and Grape Road have been safely detonated. All businesses and roads in the area have reopened.

Around 9 a.m. Monday, construction workers found two pipe bombs in a grassy area near the McDonald's between two large metal storage containers.

"I saw it real quick before the officer moved us away. It was just an eight inch piece of pipe roughly, with a wick coming out. Just lying on the ground," Dan, a construction worker from Cleveland, told ABC57's Diana Gutierrez.

Police cleared the area while the bomb squad responded. Area stores were evacuated and roads were closed.

"They were in the grass over there by the metal containers. McDonald's the Vitamin Shoppe, that corner building is empty already," Mishawaka Police Chief Kenneth Witkowski Jr said.

The two devices were detonated by the bomb squad.

The roads reopened just before 11:30 a.m.

In the last week, three other pipe bombs have been found in Michiana.

One pipe bomb was found near a mailbox in the 18000 block of CR 42 in Elkhart County on January 22.

On January 23, two pipe bombs were found in two different mailboxes in Marshall County. One of the pipe bombs had detonated.

If you have any information in any of these cases, please contact your local police department or Crime Stoppers at 800-342-STOP.


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