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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A pipe bomb was found on the east side of Barr Lake State Park on Monday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Park manager Michelle Seubert said the device was found in the water and a fisherman brought it to shore.

The device was turned over to park rangers, who brought it to a safe area and contacted the sheriff’s office.

Deputies called the bomb squad, which determined the device could be dangerous, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Once the bomb squad got here, they assessed the situation and then detonated the device,” Deputy Mike Kaiser said.

The bomb squad destroyed the device in a horseshoe pit.  It appeared to be made of cheap hardware. The remaining pieces were taken as evidence. An investigation will be conducted, the sheriff’s office said.

Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the device might be fishing-related because sometimes fishermen throw explosive devices in the water to blow fish out, which is illegal.

“I don’t know see why anyone would use a device like that to try and shock the fish because that’s probably what they were trying to do is get the fish to float up and go out with a net and scoop ’em up,” fisherman Robert Luedtke said.

No one was in danger and the park remained open.

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