Suspected pipe bomb in Graham was 'viable device'

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GRAHAM, Washington - A suspected pipe bomb that police blew up Thursday afternoon in a Graham wrecking yard was described Friday morning as a "viable device," a Pierce County Sheriff's detective told KIRO 7's Kevin McCarty.

Pierce County bomb squad officials arrived at the yard around 4 p.m. and found the device in the trunk of a car, which had previously been reported as stolen and was being readied for sale at auction. Police said they don't know how the device ended up in the car.

Chopper 7 captured video of a bomb squad expert in a padded suit walking to the car, reaching into the trunk and removing the device. The officer took the device over to a remote part of the yard and police blew it up a few minutes later.

Officials said they're examining the remnants of the device to try to figure out who made it.

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