Everyone - even the local paper - seems to have gotten a good laugh out of a brief bomb scare yesterday in Yakima.
According to the Yakima Herald-Republic, a utility worker with Pacific Power discovered "what appeared to be a pipe bomb" Thursday next to a single-story home in North Yakima. Because it's better to be safe than sorry, a bomb squad from the Army's Yakima Training Center was called in and roughly 10 homes were evacuated.
The professionals quickly got to work.
According to the Herald-Republic:
The bomb squad used a small, dual-tread robot to approach the device, pick it up and examine it before tossing it into a nearby ditch. A bomb squad member clad in heavy protective gear then entered the ditch and attached a charge to the device before exiting.
Then, from a half-block away, the charge was activated, blowing off one end of the cylinder. That's when authorities learned the cylinder was filled not with explosives, but was instead packed full of marijuana.
"I have no idea why," Sgt. Mike Henne said later, adding with a bemused laugh, "Never seen anything like it before."
Naturally, the lede in the Yakima Herald-Republic story was: "Did you say pipe bomb ... or pipe bong?"
After the paper's original story posted, a knowledgeable reader chimed in, saying the pipe was likely being used to extract high-potency oil or resin from the pot.