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Bomb squad removes pipe bomb from outside Ark City police department, officials say

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A pipe bomb was removed from Arkansas City after someone took the device to police, officials said.

A person who was cleaning a rental property found a pipe bomb and brought it to police at around 2 p.m. Friday when the person did not know what to do with it, the Arkansas City Police Department said in a Facebook post. The area around City Hall was evacuated.

The device consisted of a metal pipe with one end sealed and a cap on the other end, Arkansas City officials said on Facebook. The pipe had a fuse. The bomb was left under a bomb blanket on the ground outside the police department.

A Wichita police bomb squad put the pipe in a case and loaded it onto a dump truck full of sand at around 5:30 p.m., officials said. The device was taken to an undisclosed location for detonation.

The FBI, along with Kansas City Police, on Monday urged residents to turn in potential explosive devices during Explosive Ordnance Recovery Week April 2-6 in Kansas City.

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