‘Pipe bomb’ prompts residential evacuation in Poulsbo

A Department of Corrections visit to a Poulsbo home Monday evening resulted in multiple nearby residences being evacuated after authorities allegedly discovered an explosive device within the residence.

Responders discovered the device at a residence in the 2000 block of Laurie Vei Loop. The device appeared to be a “pipe bomb,” said Poulsbo Police Chief Dan Schoonmaker. Prompting authorities to alert the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad.

Out an abundance of caution, Schoonmaker said some eight or nine neighbors to the house were evacuated from the area around 5 p.m. as authorities waited for the “all clear.” Schoonmaker said residents were cleared to return to their homes around 7 p.m.

According to Schoonmaker, the suspect — who was already in DOC custody — is believed to be the owner of the device. The chief also noted that there didn’t appear to be any indication that the suspect had been targeting any individuals or locations for attack using the device.