Alabama Media Group, Birmingham
The Dale County Sheriff’s Office was evacuated Tuesday after a pipe bomb was found inside a duffel bag that was being searched as part of a homicide investigation, authorities said.
Chief Deputy Mason Bynum gave this account:
Investigators today executed a search warrant at a home in connection to that homicide investigation. It was not immediately released which homicide the search was in relation to or where the home is located.
A sealed duffel bag was taken back to the sheriff’s office and once there investigators obtained another search warrant and searched the bag. The pipe bomb was then discovered.
The sheriff;s office and Ozark-Dale County E911 Center were then evacuated, according to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.
The Dothan Police Department bomb squad is currently at the office working to neutralize the bomb, Bynum said.
The Facebook post shared shortly after 6 p.m. continued: “911 calls have been transferred to Dothan. If you have a non-emergency need please call 774-5402. We have S. Merrick Ave closed adjacent to the Sheriff’s Office at this time.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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