Alleged pipe bomb removed near Willow Creek

From CHP:
On Wednesday at approximately 2:14 PM, California Department of Transportation maintenance crews were working in the area of SR-299 near milepost 35 in Humboldt county.  Crew members found what appeared to be a black tube with caps on each end, wrapped in black tape.  The crew notified the California Highway Patrol, and an officer and sergeant responded to the scene. Based on the location of the item, and its distance from the highway, it was determined that the highway could remain open while the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded to inspect the item.
 
Once on scene, the Sheriff’s Department deployed their unmanned remote rover and rendered the item safe.  There was no collateral damage to surrounding equipment or infrastructure, and the highway remained open. It is still unknown what the item’s intended purpose was.
 
Anyone with information regarding the item is requested to call the California Highway Patrol at (707) 822-5981.