A 43-year-old Grand Junction man was killed when he apparently picked up a pipe bomb in a restaurant parking lot and the bomb exploded, police said Friday.
It was the third such bombing incident in this Western Slope city this year, and the second fatality. One of the two previous explosions occurred just across the street from Thursday night's blast.Henry Preston Ruble, a carpet layer, was found dead inside his vehicle Thursday night, police said. The blast occurred about 10:30 p.m.
Acting Police Chief Martyn Curry said Ruble apparently was not the target of the bomb but had found it in the parking lot of the Feedlot restaurant on Main Street, picked it up and took it to his vehicle, where it blew up.
Police Lt. Dave Schumacher said damage to the interior of Ruble's vehicle indicated that when the device exploded, it was "right next to the man, perhaps even in his hands."
Police investigators were assisted by agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.