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Anthon, Iowa, pipe bomb photo

A police evidence photo shows a pipe bomb found near a water tower in Anthon, Iowa, on Tuesday. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact police.

ANTHON, Iowa | Deputies investigating a pipe bomb found in Anthon, Iowa, have not found any notes or threats associated with the device, officials said Wednesday. 

A city worker found the bomb near the Anthon water tower and brought it to City Hall about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Woodbury County sheriff Maj. Greg Stallman said no notes were attached or found near the bomb. No threats connected to the bomb were reported, he said.

“It was simply a city worker located it by the water tower,” Stallman said.

Deputies don’t know how long the bomb was at the water tower, said Woodbury County sheriff Maj. Todd Wieck.

He said investigators are reviewing inspection records of the water tower to determine when it last underwent a detailed inspection. Officials haven’t said where the bomb was found in relation to the tower.

Investigators will also reach out to other law enforcement agencies to see if similar devices were found in other communities.

On Tuesday, Woodbury County sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter, sealing off the area as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office conducted an investigation.

A robot carried the bomb to a secluded area, where it was blown up.

No one was injured. No city buildings were damaged.

Remnants of the neutralized bomb were collected as evidence and taken to the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office in Sioux City.

Local investigators with work with state and federal agents to evaluate and test the evidence, Stallman said.

Anyone with information can call the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office at 712-279-6960 or 800-352-4606.

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