By Melissa Garcia

BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A fisherman discovered a pipe bomb in the water at Barr Lake State Park on Monday morning.

The fisherman was in a boat about 10-15 feet off shore in the northeast corner of the lake when he reeled it in. He turned it over to park rangers, who alerted authorities at about 9:24 a.m.

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Deputies called in Adams County Bomb Squad to investigate. Technicians safely detonated the pipe bomb was safely detonated and collected the pieces for investigation.

“I was out on the lake and I heard the boom,” said Kevin Forsyth, a kayaker who wasn’t expecting to hear that type of loud explosion on the 4th of July Holiday.
“There’s enough explosions out there,” said Forsyth. “We don’t need pipe bombs for that.”

It was unclear where the pipe bomb came from or who placed it there, but Colorado State Patrol investigators believe the bomb was used for fishing. Anglers can use explosives to shock fish in an effort to collect them easily.

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No one was injured.

Gallegos and her family were fishing next to the fisherman who discovered the pipe bomb.

“Not knowing what you’re going to reel in is kind of scary,” said Gallegos.

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Gallegos said that the discovery of a pipe bomb at the lake has her on high alert. She said that she teaches her children to be cautious about touching anything on the shore.
“Like the little bottles, I tell them not to pick those up, because you never know what’s inside,” Gallegos said.

Authorities warned that anyone who finds a device that looks suspicious should stay away and alert law enforcement immediately.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to


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