Authorities are investigating after a suspicious device was found in the desert south of the Valley.
A sheriff's office spokeswoman says the possible explosive device was found about a quarter-mile from the road near State Route 238 and Maricopa Road by someone out for a walk. No road closures were necessary due to the device's remote location, MCSO said.
The agency's explosive ordinance disposal unit determined the device had the makings of a pipe bomb. Specialists removed the end caps and discovered it was only missing a few pieces from being a completed explosive device.
Authorities said the device was secured and will be tested for fingerprints.