Raleigh police investigating bomb-like but inert item that sparked street closures

Police blocked off several streets in downtown Raleigh Nov. 10 after finding a suspicious item. (CBS North Carolina)
Police blocked off several streets in downtown Raleigh Nov. 10 after finding a suspicious item. (CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Police are working to figure out whether the item that sparked street closures Thursday night in Raleigh was an innocent item mistaken for a pipe bomb or a dummy bomb.

A 911 caller told authorities the item looked to be a length of metal capped on both ends and was located near a gas meter behind the The News & Observer building.

Click here for more photos from the scene.
Click here for more photos from the scene.

Police identified the scene as being in the 200 block of South Salisbury Street.

While police have found that the item didn’t include any dangerous materials, they’re still trying to figure out more about exactly what the device was, a police spokesman said.

Several streets in the area were closed about 7:30 p.m. after the call came in. Police didn’t announce that the streets had reopened until about 11 p.m.

RELATED: Police reopen area blocked off in downtown Raleigh after suspicious item found

Police are asking anyone with information about the device to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

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