Pipe bomb found near Salina church

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Salina police say a pipe bomb found near a church would have seriously hurt anyone nearby if it had exploded.

Salina resident Jared Shirack found the bomb Tuesday evening near the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The Riley County Bomb Team eventually detonated the device. No one was injured.

Shirack says the bomb was in an oatmeal container sitting next to trash cans in the church’s parking lot, with duct tape around it. He says he found a homemade explosive with a long fuse inside, also wrapped in duct tape.

The Salina Journal reports  it was the second pipe bomb found in Salina in recent weeks. The first exploded near a park in south Salina, killing 46-year-old Wayne Guerrant. Police say the two incidents are not connected.

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