Homemade explosive device found in Boone

Boone Fire Department personnel discovered a homemade explosive device near a fire hydrant off of Lady Slipper Lane in Boone on Tuesday at approximately 4:15 p.m., according to a press release from the Boone Police Department.

The device was found during routine fire hydrant maintenance. Boone Police, Fire and the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office EOD/Bomb Squad units responded to the scene.

The device was neutralized and turned over to the bomb squad for disposal. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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