Bomb squad: Suspicious device found in parking ramp was not explosive
Update #3: The St. Paul Bomb Squad has determined that the suspicious device found Tuesday morning in a downtown parking ramp was not explosive.
The item, which was initially thought to be a pipe bomb, was actually a replica explosive device. Authorities say the item never posed a threat to the public.
"However, intentional modifications were made to make the item appear as if it were an explosive thus justifying the need for bomb squad assistance," said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department. "The investigation into this incident, including forensic analysis, is ongoing."
The item was first discovered by police around 7 a.m. on the first floor of the First Street parking ramp. The bomb squad arrived around 10:15 a.m. and removed the device using a robot.
(Cover photo: The Med City Beat)