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Third pipe bomb incident in Michiana troubles many

MISHAWAKA, Ind. --  It's been less than one week, since Elkhart County and Marshall County were the first victims of pipe bomb scares. Now, St. Joseph County joins the list. 

It was a memorable Monday morning in Mishawaka. 

"We were kind of watching and then we saw them tape over by McDonalds, and we were wondering if anyone got hurt," recounts Rich Derrough.

He was one of the many employees, working along Grape Road and Indian Ridge Blvd, who were shocked to see what was happening outside of their stores.

Two pipe bombs were found, in the grassy area near the McDonalds and the Vitamin Shoppe, by the Indiana Ridge shopping plaza.

Those two stores were evacuated, and the surrounding roads were shut down,.

"It's not something you hear about. I've been living in Michiana for 24 years now, and it's the first time I've heard of this. It's definitely a shock," explains Derrough.

He admits he was a little worried.

"I didn't think something around here could happen like that," he says. 

From the safety of his workplace, Mattress Warehouse, he had a front row seat to all of the action.

"It was loud. They yelled out, 'fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole," Derrough recalls. "And then, there they go!"

And as the fourth and fifth pipe bombs, found in the past week in Michiana were safely detonated, he hopes this troubling trend, comes to an end soon.

"It's becoming a trend. Third time in a week, you know?" he says. "Hopefully it's the last we hear of that. I hope they get down to the bottom of it and find who's doing it."

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