The Washington State Patrol’s bomb squad was called to the Shilo Inn Saturday morning when a guest found two suspected explosive devices left on the back bumper of his truck.
The guest moved them next to a trash can then notified the hotel staff, said a news release from Ocean Shores Police Department Sgt. David McManus.
A maintenance worker placed a bucket over the items and called 911. The Ocean Shores Police and Fire departments responded.
The devices were two small PVC pipes, about 4 to 6 inches long, sealed at both ends, McManus said.
The area was cordoned off and the bomb squad was called. The bomb technicians moved the items to a safe container for transport, then the devices were taken to a remote location and destroyed.
“The bomb technicians were able to determine that the devices were ‘sparkler bombs’ – common sparklers packed into a tight container,” McManus said. “The sparklers that would act as fuses had burned down without detonating the devices, so it appears that whoever made them just left them on the truck’s bumper. Sparkler bombs can produce fairly strong explosions and are very dangerous.”