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Provo police investigate pair of possible pipe bombs

Provo police responded Sunday to two separate reports of suspicious packages.
Provo police responded Sunday to two separate reports of suspicious packages.
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PROVO — Police responded Sunday to two separate reports of suspicious packages.

A man picked up what he thought was a pipe bomb in the middle of the road around 11 a.m. at 545 W. 500 South. He saw a fuse, pulled it out and called police, Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua said. Police believe the device may have been a homemade firecracker or M-80, possibly made by a teen.

The second was found by a man who was mowing his lawn around 1:20 p.m. near 550 West and 300 North. He found a cylinder device with wires coming out of it, according to police. He picked it up, placed it in the street and called police.

As a precaution, Provo police had a bomb robot pick up the device and put it into a trailer. Police discovered Sunday evening that the "device was a battery housing unit for a bicycle light," according to a tweet from the Provo police department.

Siufanua said residents should call police immediately if they see a suspicious person or device.

"If you see a device and it looks like bomb or even suspicious in nature, don't touch it," he said. "The best thing you can do is to create some distance and call the police and let us do that safety assessment of the device to figure out whether it's a bomb or it's just something that looks like one."

Police do not believe that the incidents are related.

Contributing: Nkoyo Iyamba

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