Pipe bomb found at Carroll Ave. Station
By Amanda Haverstick, The News-Dispatch
No one was injured when a bomb threat was reported at the Carroll Avenue South Shore Station on Friday evening.
Michigan City police arrived at the station at 4:45 p.m. after a caller described a suspicious object as possibly being a bomb.
Police spoke with a train master at the station who pointed to an object made of a white pipe lying on the ground by a garbage container 10 feet from the passenger waiting station.
The train master, who was notified of the object by a conductor, told police he already had evacuated the station area and stopped all incoming trains.
Officers on the scene determined the object appeared to be a homemade potato launcher but decided not to touch it.
At 5 p.m. Michigan City Police called the Porter County Bomb Squad. Police also blocked off traffic from Holliday Street to Carroll Avenue.
The bomb squad arrived at 6:10 p.m. to investigate the object. The squad then sprayed the object, which turned out to be a potato launcher, with a high-powered water cannon. After the potato launcher was destroyed, police cleaned up the debris.
Michigan City Police and the Porter County Bomb Squad were assisted by the ATF and South Shore Transit Police. The FBI also was notified of the investigation.
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