UPDATE: Small pipe bomb explodes at Lake St. Louis power sub-station
LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Lake St. Louis police chief Michael Force confirms that an “explosive device” discovered early Thursday morning at an electric sub-station did detonate.
No injuries were reported.
Chief Force says an officer responding to an alarm at the Woodland Marina sub-station around 3 am noticed “something fizzling”, followed by a small explosion moments later.
He says they later determined it was a fairly sophisticated pipe bomb that was potentially lethal.
“The placement of the bomb, if it were placed differently – and I don’t want to expand on that – if it were placed differently it could have caused significant damage,” Chief Force tells KMOX News.
Very minor damage was done to the sub-station and no power outages were reported.
Local ATF officials are assisting Lake St. Louis police in their investigation.
Chief Force says this is the second time in about a year this kind of thing has happened at the Woodland Marina sub-station.
He calls it a very serious crime and says they will make every effort to find whoever planted the device.
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