Fire marshals investigate explosive device

Published 10:51 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Suffolk fire marshals are investigating an improvised explosive device that was discovered Monday in a wooded area near the 4400 block of Cherokee Drive.

Police and fire units were dispatched to the scene just before 6:30 p.m. after a resident, who had been walking in the woods, called police to report the discovery, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

They found the device, which George said “sounded [in the fire marshal’s description] very much like the bottle bombs we typically see,” and called the Virginia State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. State Police responded to the scene and secured the device, which George said had not detonated.

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George described the device as two plastic bottles that were taped together, with “some kind of liquid” inside them. She said fire marshals had not provided any other information about the device’s configuration.

The apparatus was found about 500 feet from the nearest home, she added.

Anyone with information about the device should contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.