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Pipe bomb found in Lake Koshkonong

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July 31, 2011
— A West Allis man started his day at the beach Saturday by stepping on a pipe bomb on the bottom of Lake Koshkonong.

Robert Millhouse, 29, of West Allis, and his two children, were visiting his mother, Kathy Millhouse, 52, who lives in the Mallwood subdivision near Lake Koshkonong, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


Millhouse was swimming in about three feet of water, off the edge of a pier, when he stepped on the device.


He carried it to shore and put one end in the sand while keeping it under water as his mother called the sheriff’s office.


Deputies responded to the scene at 12:26 p.m. and called in the Dane County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.


The device was about 14 inches long. It was made with two-inch diameter plastic PVC pipe and had a four-inch fuse, according to the news release from the sheriff’s office.


After sealing off the area, residents were cleared.


The bomb squad then detonated the device on the beach.


No one was hurt and no property was destroyed.


There are no suspects at this time, and the investigation is continuing, the news release said.



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