PENDLETON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police believe someone dropped a pipe bomb at a busy gas station over the weekend.

On Sunday, police responded to the Pilot Truck Stop at 205 Pendleton Road in Pendleton. An employee found what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the trash can.

"Too close for comfort," said Angel Webb, who works at The Boss Shop directly behind Pilot. "Wasn't for sure if it was real or not, and then they found out it was. It's a little scary."

Webb said there was and still is a lot of concern.

"It makes you a lot more aware of your surroundings and the people around," she said.

And that might explain what happened just a few miles away at O'Reilly Auto Parts in La Grange. Authorities say it was a false alarm after a "suspicious device" was found at the auto parts store.

Oldham County Police and the LMPD Bomb Squad investigated after being called to the scene at 2021 KY-53.

Mike Crum makes deliveries for O'Reilly Auto Parts and said he found a pipe in the road. 

"I went to the back of the store, and I asked them guys, 'You have any idea what this might be?'" Crum said. "And everyone looked at it and said, 'Probably a pipe bomb. Get it out of here."

Police determined the pipe was full of welding rods and not a threat.

"Based on where it was found, I would probably assume it is more likely it fell off of a construction vehicle," said Maj. Neil Johnson with Oldham County Police.

A spokesperson from Pilot released a statement: 

The safety and well-being of our Team Members and Guests is always our main concern.

As this is an open investigation, we are cooperating fully with local authorities who are investigating what happened at our Pilot Travel Center located at 205 Pendleton Road in Pendleton, Kentucky.

Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the local officials, and any further inquiries should be directed to the proper authorities.

~Stephanie Myers, Supervisor, External Communications.

Right now, police are still looking for suspects.

If you have any information to share, please call Kentucky State Police or the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

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