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Suspected pipe bomb closes down Highway 29 temporarily

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  An item suspected to be a pipe bomb shut down part of a busy roadway in Escambia County this morning.

A man found the device alongside Highway 29 around 10 am.
The Escambia County sheriff's office and the Florida State Fire Marshal's bomb squad responded.
   
Highway 29 was closed as a precaution from about Chemstrand Road to Muscogee Road.
   
It was determined that it was not an explosive device.
A member of the bomb squad took it to an open area in a parking lot and destroyed it.