Bomb scare at Oakland church

| May 26, 2012

OAKLAND — A state police remote-controlled robot on Wednesday blasted open what appeared to be a pipe bomb left on the steps of St. Theresa's Church.

The device turned out not to be a pipe bomb, but police and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating why it was left on the steps of the church, and what, exactly, it contained.

"It (contents) does not appear to be illegal," said Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Fire Marshal's Office at the scene.

A passerby on Church Street noticed the device on the church steps around 9 a.m. and flagged down a police officer, according to police Capt. Rick Stubbert.

Stubbert arrived to inspect the pipe, which was capped on both ends and painted gray, the same color of the steps, he said.

"I was concerned enough that we're taking it very seriously," Stubbert said around 10 a.m. at the scene. "It's fashioned to look like a pipe bomb."

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