The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, is leading the investigation into the discovery of a pipe bomb on a highway near Goldsboro Monday. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says it is assisting the ATF in their investigation.
The Highway Patrol says the pipe bomb was found on the west bound shoulder of U.S. 70 West near Riverbend Rd., that's west of Goldsboro. A litter crew from the Wayne Correctional Center made the discovery and called 911. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded first, along with the Little River Volunteer Fire Department.
While the Highway Patrol closed Highway 70 and diverted traffic, the NC SBI Bomb Unit and the US Air Force EOD team from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base responded. The sheriff's office says Air Force team used a robot to deactivate the bomb.
Det. Shawn Harris says at this point, it's too early in the investigation to tell how the bomb got there, whether someone placed it there, or threw it out a car window.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says they've turned the evidence over to the ATF.
A pipe bomb shut down a major highway in Eastern Carolina Monday afternoon.
The Highway Patrol says the pipe bomb was found on the west bound shoulder of U.S. near the Wayne and Johnston County line.
A bomb squad was called in to remove the device, and the State Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene.
An inmate from a crew from Wayne Correctional Center picking up trash along the highway found the pipe bomb, and authorities were notified.