Bomb Squad dismantles small pipe bomb near Sacred Heart Hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Bomb Squad dismantled a suspicious item found outside the main Emergency Room entrance to Sacred Heart on Thursday.

Spokane Police said the device was a small pipe bomb of some sort.

A citizen found the device and brought it to the security area to seek help. Security immediately recognized it was potentially dangerous and began cordoning off the area.

Meantime, police blocked off an area near the entrance and most patients were diverted to Deaconess. The ER entrance has since reopened.

Police said the small pipe bomb could have injured a person had it detonated near them. However, based on the size and type of explosive, the hospital building and people inside were not in danger.

Police are now looking for who made the device.