IPD contends with possible pipe bomb on Saturday near HQ

On Saturday around 4:40 pm members of the Ithaca Police Department responded to the IPD headquarters for the report of a suspicious device that had been located.

The caller reported that an alleged pipe bomb had been found not far from the IPD station, removed it from it’s placement, attempted to defuse it, and transported it to the Ithaca Police Department’s foyer area.

Officers responded to the police station and confirmed the presence of a suspicious device, which did appear to possibly be a pipe bomb. Officers set up a perimeter and diverted traffic, closing down the 100 block of East Clinton St. for approximately two hours.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cornell University Police, New York State Police, and Bangs Ambulance all responded to the scene and assisted.

IPD also called for the assistance from the Endicott Police Department Bomb Squad who were in route when investigation yielded the source of the device and that it was unlikely to contain explosive material.

The device was removed without further incident. Traffic was opened back up around 6:30, according to police.