The Osseo Police Department, Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department and Osseo Fire Department are all on the scene.
OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU)— OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU) -- A suspicious looking device found in an Osseo business parking lot is not a bomb, Osseo Asst. Police Chief Bryan Lee tells WEAU.
Police got a call Thursday morning at about 11:45 regarding the suspicious looking steel object. Like the person who called it in, police and firefighters questioned whether it was dangerous and eventually called the bomb squad to help.
By about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Osseo Police Department confirmed it was not a bomb after it was dismantled. The steel tube had paper inside.
Still, it had a big impact on law enforcement resources and impacted business nearby that had to be closed.
"The fact that I came into work with a bomb squad being here is just kinda crazy," said Michael Walker who works at Golden Oil Travel Plaza.
When he started his day at work, sheriff's deputies, police officers and firefighters were near the business looking into a suspicious device found in the parking lot.
"It was just a pipe, very unusual, and it was quite suspicious," said Bryan Lee, the Asst. Police Chief in Osseo.
It was so suspicious, the bomb squad from Dane County was called in to give it a closer look.
"We absolutely had to do what we did," he said.
The bomb squad was on scene by about 4:00 and rolling out their wireless rover. Hours later, that piece of equipment would help determine that the suspicious device was a steel tube filled with paper.
But Lee says even with all the extra manpower, it pays off to be cautious.
"It's time consuming but it's necessary, so we have to," he added.
While law enforcement agencies had to devote more people and resources to the situation, the Golden Oil Travel Plaza took a hit and had to close during the bomb scare - impacting sales on gas and goods.
"Our diesel sells like non-stop crazy, besides that it's the coffee, people love coffee," Walker said.
All today, he says that loss in business could add up to at least $1,500.
"The 2-10 shift is pretty much the busiest shift we have and that's where we make most of our sales at," he added.
He says most of the trucks that stopped by waited out back for the doors to open again. And even though many sales were lost, Walker says the memories of all the police activity will not be gone anytime soon.
"It was just surprising that it was in the middle of the parking lot, it's just strange today," he added.
Lee says they are investigating the origin of the pipe. He says they have considered security camera video; however the camera at the gas station was angled in a different direction.
Reporter Kevin Hurd says Osseo Assistant Police Chief Bryan Lee has confirmed the pipe found near a gas station in the area of Oak Grove and Gunderson Road was not a bomb. He says it was filled with paper.
The Dane County bomb squad was called to investigate a pipe-like object that was found in Osseo Thursday afternoon.
The Osseo Police Department says a business owner spotted the pipe on the road in the area of Oak Grove and Gunderson Road. About a half a block around the area has been evacuated. There is a gas station and restaurant in that area. The pipe was found near a propane tank.
At this point police are not calling it a bomb but say it is suspicious-looking. The bomb squad will help determine what it is and dispose of it properly.
We have a crew at the scene and will have the latest on WEAU 13 News at Five and Six.