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'Suspicious' device removed from downtown Rochester

Police say it couldn't explode but was placed near a church to cause alarm.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Apr. 17, 2019 10:47 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A suspicious device found near a church has been removed from downtown Rochester.

Described as something with batteries that looked handmade, it was reported to police early Wednesday evening and led to 2nd Street SW from 4th to 3rd Avenue being closed by Rochester police while they waited for the St. Paul Bomb Squad to arrive.

The squad used a robot to secure the device and it was taken from the area for testing a little after 9 pm.  Law enforcement officials say they hope to have some answers about the device by Thursday morning.

Police say it was not equipped to explode but appears to have been placed under a bench near the Calvary Episcopal Church to deliberately cause alarm in others.  Police say they are going to check nearby security cameras to see if they can find out who put the device there.

There are no suspects at this time.

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UPDATE;  The St. Paul Bomb Squad arrived at the scene a little after 8:30 pm Wednesday.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Police blocked off a section of downtown Rochester Wednesday evening after a report of a suspicious object.

Officers responded to the corner of 4th Avenue and 2nd Street SW and saw something under a bench by Calvary Episcopal Church. Police described it as a small device with batteries that looked handmade. 2nd Street SW from 4th Avenue to 3rd Avenue is blocked off and the St. Paul Bomb Squad has been called in to remove the device.

The road closure is expected to last until the device is gone.

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