Bomb scare investigated at East Side church

| July 6, 2009

A device that appeared to be a pipe bomb was found inside an East Side church Saturday.

“Whether it was an actual bomb still has to be determined,” said Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. De- George.

The device was lit as it was tossed through a vandalized glass door at Redeeming Fire Fellowship Church, but it apparently extinguished itself, De- George said.

On Sunday, the only apparent damage to the church was the broken door.

The former Precious Blood Church on Lewis Street was bought by David Keaton, a Baptist minister, for $112,000 last month.

At about 9:30 p. m., someone kicked in the bottom part of the glass door, lit the device and threw it into the church, De- George said. Nobody was injured.

Erie County’s bomb squad was summoned, and local and federal authorities were on the scene through Sunday. A church service was held Sunday, police said.

“Right now it’s in the hands of the bomb squad,” DeGeorge said.

“It’s too early to tell if this is a July Fourth prank, or something more than that,” he said.

Buffalo police, arson investigators, investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and county bomb squad personnel are working the case.

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