Pipe Bomb Hoax

It now appears that a suspicious device found behind a South Walton supermarket was part of some kind of hoax.

Around 3:00 yesterday afternoon someone found what looked like a pipe bomb in back of the Publix Supermarket on State Road 395 near the Watercolors Community.

It was strategically placed on the main water line next to the natural gas line.

Walton County sheriff’s deputies sealed off the road in front of the store and then evacuated the building and surrounding businesses.

South Walton firefighters, ATF agents, homeland security and the state fire marshal’s office joined deputies at the scene.

They sent in a bomb disposal robot three times. Finally, around 7:30 they determined there were no explosives.

The area was reopened to the public after five hours of being closed.

Authorities are still trying to find out who planted the device and why.