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Authorities Render Fake Pipe Bomb Harmless

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SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb Squad has rendered a fake pipe bomb harmless.

The device was found Thursday afternoon in Sharpsburg by a man mowing his lawn. The device– two metal pipes taped together with the wiring and caps attached to make it look like a pipe bomb– was about 8 inches long and three-quarters f an inch around.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst says officers used a
robot to pick up the device and render it harmless in a water charge. Ernst then donned body armor and checked to make sure the device was harmless.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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