City of Bartlesville

Posted: Jan 05, 2022 3:16 PMUpdated: Jan 06, 2022 2:45 PM

BPD Calls Tulsa Bomb Squad to Bartlesville Walgreens

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Garrett Giles / Ty Loftis

The Tulsa Bomb Squad has destroyed a a suspicious device, which resembled a pipe bomb in the Walgreens parking lot in the 1900 Block of South Washington Blvd across from the Doenges Family of Autos in Bartlesville.


Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings said an individual saw the suspicious device near the fence, picked it up and took it into Walgreens. They quickly realized it could be a pipe bomb and officers were called at which time Walgreens and Xtreme Fitness were evacuated. Hastings said this is when ATF and the Tulsa Bomb Squad were called.


Hastings says he is unsure what sort of material was packed inside of the device. He is also unsure why and how the device was on the property, but Hastings says the case is under investigation.


The scene is clear and there were no other suspicious devices located in the area. 

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The Bartlesville Police Department (BPD) called on the Tulsa Bomb Squad to look at a suspicious device resembling a pipe bomb in the drive-thru at Walgreens on Wednesday afternoon.

Captain Hastings says the call came in around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Hastings says the BPD shut down the parking lot around Walgreens in the 1900 Block of South Washington Boulevard across from the Doenges Family of Autos in Bartlesville. He says they will be in the area for the next a couple hours.

Capt. Hastings says they need to figure out if the device is explosive or if it was simply designed to mimic a bomb's appearance. Hastings says they will review video from the store to see when the device appeared in the pharmacy drive-thru. He says the main goal for the time being is to protect the well-being of the public and BPD's officers.

The area has been evacuated.

You are asked to avoid the area. If you noticed anything suspicious around Walgreens, you should contact police at the non-emergency number 918.338.4001.

Traffic on Highway 75/Washington Boulevard is not hindered by this incident.

The investigation is ongoing. We will have more information when it becomes available.

Photo credit: Ty Loftis

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