Pipe Bombs Found At Local Campgrounds

Ross County Deputy Rick Torchick and his bomb sniffing K-9, Ilka, sweep vehicles in a checkpoint at the Paint Creek State Campgrounds. ADVOCATE PHOTO/DEREK MYERS

Ross County Deputy Rick Torchick and his bomb sniffing K-9, Ilka, sweep vehicles in a checkpoint at the Paint Creek State Campgrounds. ADVOCATE PHOTO/DEREK MYERS

Campers visiting a local campground got quite a scare when they woke up Sunday morning.

The Ross County Sheriff’s office reports that they were called to the Paint Creek State Park Camping Area located on Taylor Road outside of Bainbridge after a bomb went off at around 2:30 a.m.

Shortly before 10 a.m., a camper found a plastic pipe near their campsite and took it to the campground’s store where police were notified after park officials believed the item was another explosive.

“Deputies arrived on the scene and found it to be a metal cylinder approximately 12 inches long with caps on both ends,” said Ross County Sheriff George Lavender.

Lavender’s deputies immediately dispatched their explosives detection K-9 “Ilka,” along with her handler, Deputy Rick Torchick, who conducted an initial sweep of the campgrounds to ensure the safety of the campers.

The Columbus Fire Bomb Squad was requested to the scene and detonated the bomb.

The device was taken into evidence and will be sent to the laboratory for testing, according to Lavender.

Two checkpoints were set up in the campgrounds and all campers leaving the state park had their vehicle’s searched by Sheriff deputies and bomb sniffing dogs; pictures were taken of all vehicles and their VIN numbers were logged.

Lavender said that his deputies and the dogs will sweep the campgrounds before clearing the scene in an attempt to find other bombs.

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