OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM LEE COUNTY SHERIFF GARY PARSONS
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons reports that earlier today Thursday May 5th 2016 that inmates on the road clean up crew working along Hwy 58 in the Flatwoods area found what looked like a bomb. The find was shown to the supervising Deputy, who immediately contacted his superiors in the Lee County Sheriff Office. Sheriff Gary Parsons, Major Woodard and numerous Lee County Sheriff Deputies secured the area and closed down a section of Hwy 58. A Sheriff Text Alert went out to notify the general public of the Hwy 58 closure.
Virginia State Police along with the VSP Bomb Squad, ATF Agents began special procedures to safely secure the device, while Lee County Sheriff Deputies detoured all Hwy 58 travel with assistance from VDOT personnel.
Virginia State Police Bomb Squad did confirm that it was in fact a Pipe Bomb with attached shrapnel at which time the VSP Bomb Squad Robot was deployed to secure the bomb. The VSP Robot was able to successfully disarm the Bomb through a controlled detonation. Further investigation is underway. After a thorough search of the area for additional devices with no findings the scene was cleaned up and Hwy 58 was reopened for travel.
A special thanks to all the Inmates on the Road Clean up crew, Lee County Sheriff Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia State Police Bomb Squad, ATF Agents, VDOT and Sheriff Alert Team for working hard to make sure the Citizens of Lee County are Safe.
Numerous leads are being investigated as to the origin of the bomb. If you have any knowledge or information notify the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Gary Parsons states that efforts are being made to establish the origin of the bomb and that there is no room or toleration for this kind of criminal activity in Lee County. http://www.leecountysheriff.net/