Two improvised explosive devices have been found – unexploded – along roadsides in Chisago County in recent weeks, and law enforcement is investigating the incidents. 

 According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, on March 11, the Chisago County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a suspicious item found on the side of the road. The item was located on Evergreen Avenue between Rush Lake Road and Rush Point Drive in rural Rush City. A deputy responded to the area and ultimately located a small pipe bomb with an intact fuse.

The area was closed off. Deputy Gage, the Rush City Schools Resource Officer, immediately connected with district officials and kept them apprised of the situation. Several buses were re-routed out of an abundance of caution for the students.

The St. Paul Bomb Squad was requested to assist and ultimately responded to the scene and defused the bomb on the side of the road.

The St. Paul Bomb Squad assisted Chisago County deputies in collecting and packaging the evidence for further analysis. Much of the device was able to be maintained for further processing. The sheriff’s office investigations division has been working with partners to further investigate the incident and the remaining evidence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Investigator Swenson at 651-213-6355 or send a message on one of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office social media platforms. Tips will be kept anonymous upon request. 

“This is an excellent example of seeing something and saying something,” wrote Captain Anklan of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office. “With community members quick to reach out to the sheriff’s office we were able to immediately and safely resolve this situation.”

Second device found

The North Branch Police Department reports that on Saturday,  March 21 at 9:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the report of a suspicious item on the side of the road on 420th Street approximately a half-mile east of Forest Boulevard. Upon arrival the police sergeant observed white PVC pipe that appeared to be an improvised explosive device and requested a member of the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad to contact him. A technician advised that they would be responding and to maintain road closure. 

The bomb technician arrived and investigated the device and confirmed that it was expended and safe to collect for evidence. The case is being investigated, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the North Branch Police Department at 651-674-8848 about this device. 

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office assisted with road closure and investigation.

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