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Parkland pipe bomb found in Bayfield County wayside

A pipe bomb found in the septic system in a Bayfield County wayside was detonated by experts Thursday after it had been transported to Parkland. Thursday morning, a man raking sludge out of septic tanks at a Bayfield wayside station found a crude...

A pipe bomb found in the septic system in a Bayfield County wayside was detonated by experts Thursday after it had been transported to Parkland.

Thursday morning, a man raking sludge out of septic tanks at a Bayfield wayside station found a crude, homemade bomb, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec.

"Instead of calling 911, he picked it up," Dalbec said.

The man wrapped the item in a shirt, set it in his toolbox and brought it back to his company office in Parkland, near the Log Cabin Tavern on County Highway E. He then contacted the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Responding officers called the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing based in Duluth. An Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit responded about 3 p.m. and detonated the item, Dalbec said. The explosion was set off in a swampy, wooded area behind the septic system company's office.

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No one was injured in the incident, but the bomb should not have been handled, Dalbec said. If anyone finds such a device, they should alert authorities immediately.

"Don't touch them," the sheriff said. "Leave them alone. Call 911 immediately."

The incident is being investigated by both the Bayfield and Douglas county sheriff's offices and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office out of St. Paul.

Dalbec said the devices were not related to approximately a dozen homemade bombs found along Lyman Lake Road in August. Those items were found where construction on the Arrowhead-Weston power line was taking place. The August incident is under investigation by the FBI.

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