BAINBRIDGE, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ross County Sheriff's deputies continue to search for the person who left pipe bombs at a campground Sunday morning.
Ross County Sheriff George Lavender says one of the devices went off around 2:30 a.m. A second device, this one unexploded, was found by a camper in his burn barrel just before 10 a.m.
"They carried it up here to the store station up here so Columbus Bomb Squad was called in to detonate that device," Lavender said.
Lavender described the devices as pipe bombs and said they were crudely made. Each was a metal pipe, about a foot long, with end caps screwed on. They are being sent to a crime lab for testing.
"Thank God that device didn't go off," Lavender said. "It's 6 foot from a camper. It could have created a terrible situation if that thing had exploded."
Melissa Snyder of Chillicothe was at the campground when she heard the first explosion.
"Sounded like a gun shot. I didn't think anything of it," she said.
After the discovery of the second device, authorities shut down the campground and wouldn't let anyone in or out. Lavender says their bomb sniffing dog and one from Columbus searched about 66 campers before they were allowed to leave the campground.
One man said he left at about 10 a.m. to go hiking only to find that he couldn't get back in to his campsite when he returned. He spent most of the early afternoon sitting in his vehicle.
The campground re-opened around 4 p.m.