The bomb squad for the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a possible pipe bomb on Monday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. The suspicious item was spotted by a warden for the California Department of Fish and Game at around 4 p.m. while on patrol for fishing and hunting violations along the Salinas River, sheriff’s officials said. The warden notified the sheriff’s office and the California Highway Patrol closed down the surrounding area at Blanco Road, between Cooper and Reservation roads, while the bomb squad investigated the device. Investigators found a piece of galvanized steel that was 7 inches long and 1.5 inches in diameter. It was described as an externally threaded pipe with a capped end, sheriff’s officials said. The device was rendered safe using remote disruption tools, according to the sheriff’s office. The remnants of the pipe were collected for analysis.
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