Paducah bomb scare turns out harmless
UPDATE: Paducah police officers say what looked like a pipe bomb luckily turned out to be harmless.
Around 8:30 Monday night, police got a call about the suspicious device. It was found in the trunk of a car in the 2900 block of Clark Street.
The car belongs to Randie Dublin's mom. He came back to Paducah to help her clean it out and sell it. When he and his brother got to the truck they found it under some papers.
"I said 'whoa!' and stepped back about three steps and told my brother to move back and we left it alone from there," he said.
They called 911 and soon Paducah police and the bomb squad set up a few houses down. They sent a robot to retrieve the device from the truck. Neighbors in surrounding houses were also asked to leave their homes and stay back. Officer Michael Rigdon said they used their technology to shoot their version of a "clay round" at the device to knock off one of the ends and see inside.
"We found out it was actually nothing, which is a good thing," he said.
Dublin said to say he was relived is an understatement. He actually drove the car this morning and has no idea how the device would have gotten in there or how long it was there.
"Somewhere along the lines someone placed it in there. As far as I know my mom hasn't driven for the last two or three years," he said.
Officer Rigdon said finding suspicious devices in relatives homes and cars is actually more common than someone might think.
"We get calls like this all the time. it's always someone is cleaning out Grandma's house or something like that. That's where most of our calls come from," he said.
Neighbors were allowed to return to their homes shortly after 11:30p.m.
FROM EARLIER: Paducah Police are investigating a suspicious device found in the trunk of a car on the 2900 block of Clark Street.
The device has been described as a pipe with 2 end caps. A sergeant with the Paducah Police department says that could indicate that the pipe was some sort of explosive device.
The bomb squad is currently on the scene, investigating the device. They say they plan to retrieve the device from the trunk, and safely dispose of it.
The investigation into how the device got into the trunk is still underway.
We'll bring you more on this story as it develops.