Pipe bomb found at a Mehlville apartment complex

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MEHLVILLE, MO (KTVI) – The bomb and arson unit is called out after a pipe bomb is discovered at a Mehlville apartment complex. It happened about 9am this morning at the Covington Place Apartments just off Lemay Ferry Road.
Authorities say a maintenance man working at the complex found the four to six inch device.
Before calling police, the worker actually did his own investigation.

‘He was doing some maintenance on the grounds, discovered the device on the ground on a hillside in the near courtyard- opened the device up and it had what appeared to be BB’s and/or ball-bearings on the inside. He closed the device back up and transported it to their maintenance shed,’ said Officer Chris Gilyon with St. Louis County Police.

Fortunately nobody was hurt. Police say there was no wick to set the bomb off.  The bomb and arson unit safely disposed of the device. Investigators are now trying to figure out why it was there.

A release from Covington Place apartments states, “This morning a maintenance worker discovered on our property what appeared to be the materials used to make a pipe bomb.  We are working with law enforcement to determine the origin of this material and to ensure the safety of our residents.  We cannot speculate as to why this material was on our property, as this type of situation has never before occurred here.  Our residents will be kept informed about this situation and of any corrective steps that may be recommended to ensure their continued safety.”

No one has been taken into custody.