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Pipe bomb in Dodge leads to highway closure

A pipe bomb by a pickup parked in the yard of a Dodge residence along Highway 200 led to the closure of a section of the highway for several hours Tuesday afternoon into evening.

Dunn County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka said a call was received around 12:30 p.m. that a device that looked like a pipe bomb was near a pickup parked in front of a residence on Highway 200.

The truck was owned by the resident of the home, he said.

Upon arrival at the scene, Krivoruchka said officers determined that the device was a pipe bomb and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Bismarck Bomb Squad were called in.

The vehicle was searched by the agencies and no other devices were found, Krivoruchka said.

He added that no one was hurt in the incident, but said it is unclear if the device was detonated or how it got there.

Liz Brocker, spokesperson for the state Attorney General's Office which oversees BCI, would neither confirm nor deny BCI's involvement in an investigation Wednesday.

Krivoruchka said the Bismarck Bomb Squad collected evidence while on scene for more than three hours and the incident is now under investigation by BCI and other federal agencies.