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UPDATE: ATF confirms suspicious device in Tyler was pipe bomb

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

UPDATE 11:29AM 03/30/10: Clay Alexander with ATF has confirmed Monday's pipe bomb did have dangerous components in it. He said it was not a hoax bomb, but could not say if it was the same as the one found at Laird Hill. A lab in San Francisco is examining the device.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - According to ATF investigator, Tom Crowley, another pipe bomb has been found in East Texas - this one in front of Tyler business, DSI Ventures, located at 1320 East Commerce Street.

Crowley says a landscaper was mowing the grass in front of the business when he saw the device and notified authorities. It happened just before 12:30 Monday. 

The bomb squad got there late Monday afternoon and used a different technique to recover the suspected bomb: a robot they brought in. The robot is used to pick up the bomb and load it safely in a large white container. It is being transported to a range for examination.

But, for those who live in the neighborhood, it was a little too much excitement.

"I'm scared," said Michael Runnels, who lives across the street. "I mean, it's kind of like terrifying...Yeah, it may explode - might blow up some children or kids. Anything could happen."

"We have cornered off the area," said Tom Crowley, with ATF. "We evacuated several houses and businesses for safety concerns."

The ATF is not sure if this is related to the other pipe bombs or Molotov cocktails found at post offices around East Texas.

They say it is always possible to have a copycat on their hands, but it does appear to be very random.

Once that bomb is taken to a range and examined we will know if it was a hoax bomb or was filled with explosives.

Last week, a pipe bomb-like device was found near a Laird Hill post office, and a pipe bomb look-a-like was found at the Troup post office. So far, more than 10 suspicious devices have been found in East Texas.

U.S. Postal Inspectors say they are now offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for placing suspicious devices in blue USPS collection boxes in the East Texas area.

Late Monday night, the ATF announced that they have sent the device found in Tyler to San Francisco to determine whether it was explosive.


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