Pipe bomb found near home, authorities unsure of target:

9:36 AM, Apr 18, 2011

Written by Christina Dickinson

GOLDEN - Authorities are investigating why a pipe bomb was found near a home Sunday morning. Golden Police say the call came in at 10:10 a.m. about the suspicious item in the front yard of a house in the 500 block of 15th Street. The Jefferson County Bomb Squad was called to the scene, and they used a disrupter to safely detonate bomb a short time later.

Officers are investigating if the bomb was placed near the home on purpose, or if it was dropped or forgotten. They are unsure if there was a specific target for the bomb.

Residents say it was an unusual scene for their neighborhood.

"Golden, it's very quiet. It's always quiet here. Kind of [a] surprise," Traci Case said. "Something to give the neighbors something to talk about for the next month."

Emergency notification calls were sent out to several neighbors, warning them to stay indoors, and a perimeter was set up in the neighborhood to keep cars and people out. The perimeter was lifted and people were told they could leave their homes after the bomb squad safely detonated the device.

No one was injured, and no property was damaged, according to officers.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday to call the Golden Police Department at 303-384-8034.

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