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LATEST: Bomb Squad Says Suspicious Item Not Explosive

LATEST: Bomb Squad Says Suspicious Item Not Explosive

May 22, 2019 12:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) - (UPDATE) - The St. Paul Bomb Squad has found that a suspicious item brought to Rochester's North Police Precinct on Tuesday was not explosive. 

Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen said the device consisted of three tubes, a timer, a battery power source and said "danger high explosive" on the side. 

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Moilanen said two women sold a box to Old Rooster Antiques on Broadway and an employee found the suspicious looking item inside. 

Moilanen said the man told police he didn't think it was real and that it looked like a movie prop, so he brought it to the station to ask police what to do with it. 

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(PREVIOUS STORY) - The St. Paul Bomb Squad is headed back to St. Paul to analyze a suspicious item, possibly explosives, that was brought to Rochester's north police precinct Tuesday.

Local officials said they may have further information on the incident Tuesday night.

This is a developing situation, ABC 6 News will bring you the latest informaiton as it becomes available.

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2:00 p.m. - West River Road NW in Rochester has been reopened, along with 41st Street, after a suspicious item caused the area to be blocked off to traffic for about four hours.

The St. Paul Bomb Squad appears to have left the scene and is reportedly perfoming tests on the suspicious item.

Officlals told ABC 6 News to expect further information possibly later in the day Tuesday.

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1:48 p.m. - According to an ABC 6 News reporter at the scene, the St. Paul Bomb squad has retrieved the suspicious item and is now performing tests on it.

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1:23 p.m.

The St. Paul Bomb Squad robot has now gone inside Rochester's north police precinct to collect the suspicious item.

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12:30 p.m.

Around 12:30 p.m. the St. Paul Bomb Squad arrived in Rochester to investigate possible explosives that were brought to the north police precinct.

The precinct was evacuated around 10 a.m. Tuesday and a precautionary boundary was set up.

Currently, 41st Street NW at the entrance to Essex Park Apartments to West River Parkway NW is closed along with West River Parkway between Essex Parkway NW and 38th Street NW.

An employee at a nearby apartment complex, Summit Squares, told ABC 6 News that fire officials told them residents at the complex were considered safe.

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The St. Paul Bomb Squad is en route to Rochester to investigate possible explosives that were brought to the north police precinct.

According to Leitenant Faudskar, a citizen was cleaning when they found a suspicious item and brought it to the precinct.

Local authorities took a picture of the item and sent it to the bomb squad who said it appears to be some sort of explosive.

The north precinct has been evacuated and a precautionary boundary has been setup.

The bomb squad is expected to arrive in Rochester around 1 p.m. 

According to a post on the Rochester Police Department's Facebook page, the suspicious device was brought to the station around 10 am. and that an explosives detection K-9 was brought in to assist.

Currently, 41st Street NW at the entrance to Essex Park Apartments to West River Parkway NW is closed along with West River Parkway between Essex Parkway NW and 38th Street NW.

This is a developing situation, ABC 6 News will bring you the latest informaiton as it becomes available.

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 According to an ABC 6 News reporter at the scene, police and fire officials are blocking off the area of West River Parkway NW in Rochester, nobody is being let in or out of the area.

An official told ABC 6 News that it appears that someone sort of explosives may have been brought to the north police precinct building.

Officials are asking people to move outside of what they are calling the 'blast zone' but said at this time there are no mandatory evacuations.

We will update you when more information becomes available.

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