Monday, April 9, 2012

Pipe Bomb Discovered Outside Of LDS Chapel In Harrison, Arkansas; 100 Worshippers Evacuated, No Damage Or Injuries and OzarksFirst report that a pipe bomb was discovered outside a chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Harrison, Arkansas on April 8th, 2012 while services were in progress. The bomb, capped on both ends, was discovered in the parking lot on the west side of the building about 2 P.M. after an unidentified caller alerted the Boone's County Sheriff's Department. About 100 people who were still there for services had to be evacuated so they could call in the bomb squad and the FBI to investigate.

Around 6:30 P.M., the Bentonville Police Bomb Squad neutralized the device by detonating some of the powder from inside; it flashed, confirming that it was explosive, but it's not known if there was a detonation device attached. No damage or injuries were reported. No previous threats to the church or any of its members have been reported. Since the Faith Assembly of God church is located next door, it's not yet been confirmed that the LDS chapel was the intended target.

The chapel, located at 272 Valley View Road in Harrison, is the home of the Harrison Ward, grouped within the Springfield Missouri South Stake.

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