Pipe Bomb Scare at Busy Intersection Resolved

MARCH 5, 2007 - Posted at 12:20 p.m. CST, updated at 1:04 p.m. CST, updated at 2:27 p.m. CST, updated at 3:11 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - The Jonesboro Police Department has determined that a device that was feared to be a pipe bomb at a small midtown park is harmless.

Shortly before noon today, a Jonesboro mail carrier noticed the suspicious-looking device at the small curbside park at the intersection of Main Street and Nettleton Avenue while on her mail route, and notified police.

A bomb squad from the Arkansas State Police investigated at the site, and determined that the device was actually a metal cannister that had been welded to a vehicle, or trailer attached to a passing vehicle.  Police theorize the cannister fell off a trailer or vehicle.

For approximately two hours the busy intersection was closed to traffic.

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro police at this hour are investigating what is believed to be a pipe bomb at the intersection of Main Street and Nettleton Avenue.

A JPD spokesman says a device that appears to be a pipe bomb was reported underneath a park bench at the busy intersection in the middle of town.  A source tells K8 News that the device was found by a U.S. mail carrier working in the area.

The JPD had closed the intersection to traffic and the area was evacuated.  However, the intersection has since been re-opened after firefighters surrounded the bench with a one-foot stack of sandbags.  The State Police's bomb sqauad is en route from Little Rock at this time.

No other details are available yet, but K8 News has a crew at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.