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UPDATE: Suspicious device determined to be old mechanical equipment

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jul 20, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gaines Street and businesses near the site were closed for around six hours Wednesday as the Tallahassee Police Department, their bomb squad, and even Tyndall Air Force Base worked to make sure the area was safe after that device discovery.

Nearly six hours of uncertainty for people like Edgard Pierre and businesses along West Gaines Street when they were told they needed to evacuate due to a suspicious device.

Closing down roads around CollegeTown as the Bomb Squad investigated.

"They did what we would ask anyone to do in that situation, they contacted authorities," Alicia Hill, a spokesperson with the Tallahassee Police Department said.

Hill added the police department contacted Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City.

Once officials got to the site, they determined the device to be an old piece of mechanical equipment.

In a part of town were a World War II style bomb was discovered nearly six years ago, Hill says keeping people safe was top of mind.

"At the end of the day our top priority is safety. We want to make sure that anytime we find a device like this, especially given what we've seen in the past, we want to make sure that the public remains safe and the officers on scene remain safe," Hill said.

TPD says that device will be buried back in the area where it was discovered.

Update, 3:12 p.m.: The Tallahassee Police Department reports that Tyndall Air Force Base arrived on scene and determined the device in question was an old piece of mechanical equipment.

All roads have reopened.

TPD said the device will be buried in the field it was uncovered in as it poses no threat to public safety.

The Tallahassee Police Department is currently investigating a "suspicious device" found by a construction crew in the 900 block of West Gaines Street.

TPD reports that several roads in the area are closed at this time, including the intersection of Gaines Street, Lake Bradford and South Madison.

ABC 27 has a reporter headed to the scene and will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.