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Possible Pipe Bomb Turns Out To Be Broken Flashlight

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An area of downtown Mandan is closed off after a mail carrier reports a possible pipe bomb.

At around 5:00 p.m. this evening Mandan Police were called to a U.S. Postal Service Drop box located on Main Street in Mandan.

A two block radius was closed off between 1st ave NW and 1st ave NE.

The Mandan Police Department, Morton County Sheriff's Department and the Bismarck Bomb Squad spent most of the evening on the scene.

The Mandan Police Department tells KX News that the Bismarck Bomb Squad used a robot to disturb the item and it turns out the possible pipe bomb is a broken flashlight.

Mandan Police Lieutenant Rick Schaaf says the drop box where the item was is located near the Edward Jones building in downtown Mandan.

"One of the mail carriers went to a drop box located by Collins and West Main, right around the corner, when she went to retrieve the mail she saw a device in the box that she thought might be a pipe bomb, the description she gave was very similar to what we've experienced with pipe bombs, she then closed the box went back to the post office told the post master who then contacted the police department right away," Rick Schaaf said.

Again Mandan Police tells us the item is NOT a pipe bomb, but is instead a broken flashlight.

Downtown Mandan was opened back up to traffic at around 8:30 this evening.

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