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Pipe bomb found near railroad tracks in Ballston Spa

Pipe bomb found near railroad tracks in Ballston Spa

Zim Smith Trail closed and Amtrak train service has been suspended from passing through the area
Pipe bomb found near railroad tracks in Ballston Spa
Multiple police agencies investigate a suspected pipe bomb found Wednesday along railroad tracks near Zepko Lane in Ballston Spa
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

BALLSTON SPA  — The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department investigated a pipe bomb left near railroad tracks off Zepko Lane on Wednesday after being alerted to it by Canadian Pacific Railway Police. 

Sheriff Michael Zurlo said the call came in around 11:30 a.m. that a 3-foot-long piece of PVC pipe with wires protruding from it was found about 20 feet from the tracks and 30 yards from the Zim Smith Trail. 

Zurlo said Amtrak train service was suspended through the area during the investigation, and the Zim Smith Trail was closed from East High Street to Zepko Lane as law enforcement investigated the find. 

Zurlo said the pipe bomb was deemed safe at around 4 p.m. He said it would be taken to the FBI’s headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, for further testing, including for fingerprints and DNA.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department will work with the FBI on the case until a conclusion has been reached, Zurlo said. 

Jason Abrams, a spokesman for Amtrak, said the only train affected by the pipe bomb was one headed for Montreal on the Adirondack rail line. 

He said Amtrak brought that train back to Schenectady and alternative transportation was being provided for the 38 people on board. 

The New York State Police Bomb Unit and area fire departments and EMS also responded to the scene.

Anyone with information about the device is asked to call the  Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department at (518) 885-6761.

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