Discovery of possible pipe bomb closes part of I-29 - KCTV5 News

Discovery of pipe bombs temporarily close part of I-29

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The discovery of a pipe bomb temporarily closed part of Interstate 29 Tuesday afternoon.

Police said an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding about 3:10 p.m. at I-29 near 56th Street in the Northland and saw what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the vehicle. A subsequent search when officers were about to tow the vehicle revealed a second pipe bomb in the vehicle's trunk.

The discovery temporarily shut down the northbound I-29 ramp to 56th Street as well as Roanridge Road in both directions while a bomb and arson unit investigated.

The driver was taken into custody and the bomb and arson unit detonated the pipe bombs just before 5 p.m. at the scene.

Officials said this could have been a very dangerous situation for a lot of people.

"Pipe bombs are very dangerous. They're explosive devices and anytime anybody gets near them, you can lose hands, fingers, eyes and things like that, so, when you have kids in a residential neighborhood, it's very dangerous to have that stuff," Capt. Donna Greenwood with the Kansas City Police Department said.

The roadways slowly reopened after officials deemed the area to be safe.

It is unknown at this time what charges the driver may face.

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