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Bomb Squad Destroys Suspicious Item in St. Cloud [VIDEO]


ST. CLOUD (AP) — Some residents in St. Cloud were evacuated after a suspicious object was found.

Police were monitoring the area for much of the day after the item was reported late morning Saturday morning.

Residents and business along a a section of 29th Avenue and 1st Street North were evacuated and the street was blocked off all afternoon after a IED was found by local resident Corey Gaulrapp.

Gaulrapp says he discovered the item, while walking along the street which he said he believes was a pipe bomb. He picked up the object before realizing what it was and then contacted police to tell him what he found.

The IED was located along the street outside of the Saint Cloud Hospital, Home Care offices.

The Crow Wing County bomb squad was called in to destroy the suspicious object Saturday afternoon about 4:45 p.m. and police say it did contain explosives.

The Crow Wing County bomb squad destroyed the item at about 4:45 p.m. and police say it did contain explosives. They were not releasing any other details.

St. Cloud resident Corey Gaulrapp says he discovered the item, which he said he believes is a pipe bomb. He described the object as heavy and white with a fuse.

He says he picked up the object before realizing what it was and called police between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Police are still investigating.

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