Authorities sealed off the area around a Kodiak salvage yard Friday afternoon. Military and law enforcement personnel investigated what they described as a suspicious device in a scrap yard dumpster in Bell’s Flats.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston says the Coast Guard Investigative Service and Alaska State Troopers had responded to Nick’s Auto Wrecking and Salvage.
“The Coast Guard investigative services is investigating a suspicious device that was discovered in a recycling dumpster from Base Kodiak. The device has been secured and the scene has been made safe,” Preston said.
Around 2 p.m, an ambulance and fire engine had been stationed along Sargent Creek Road. A fire command vehicle and Alaska State Trooper truck prevented anyone from entering the salvage yard.
Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Tim DeSpain didn’t say what had been found. But he says a device had been found during the sorting phase of recycling.
“Out of an abundance of caution, they’ve set up a perimeter. And the FBI bomb squad from Anchorage is responding,” DeSpain said.
The Coast Guard Investigative Service is asking for anyone with information on the device to make a report anonymously through the CGIS tip app, or by calling special agent Woods at 907-229-8303.