Bomb task force removes device from downtown SLO
September 12, 2013
The San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force removed a suspicious device from outside a downtown San Luis Obispo business Wednesday morning.
Gardeners working at Obispo Wealth Management on the corner of Chorro and Pacific streets found an object that looked like a metal water bottle with a lit cigarette attached. [KCOY]
“It had a metal screw cap on it with a green wire that was about that long with the end of it stripped and bare, and it was pushed through the middle of a cigarette and the cigarette was lit,” said Christina Coyle of Obispo Wealth Management.
An employee of the financial firm reported the device to the San Luis Obispo Police Department around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Officers responded to the scene, evacuated the street and called the bomb squad.
A bomb task force robot removed the suspicious object from its location and secured it in a containment vessel.
Coyle said the cigarette was no longer lit when the task force arrived.
“It looked like it was supposed to burn down to the wire and then go off, but then it went out before it got to the wire,” Coyle said.
San Luis Obispo police and the bomb squad are still investigating the incident. The police department says it does not know whether the device, which was found on September 11, had any connection to the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Leaving an implied or a real destructive device is a crime. Police request that anyone with more information about the incident contact the department or Crimestoppers.