Portions of Destin Commons were cordoned off late Friday night after two security guards there spotted what appeared to be a pipe bomb leaning on a wall of the Panera Bread restaurant.
Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:10 p.m. and saw an approximately 18” pipe with electrical tape over both ends and a wire extending from one end.
The area was closed off and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the site. The team was able to determine that the device was non-explosive and the scene was cleared around 1:30 a.m.
Investigators were able to track down witnesses who report a transient had been spotted in that area earlier in the evening, playing an electric guitar with an amplifier. They suspect the device is a homemade power source. They say there is no evidence at this time of any criminal intent.