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Suspected pipe bomb wasn't explosive

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SHERMAN, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Pontotoc County authorities say a suspected pipe bomb found near a garbage bin on some property near Sherman was not an explosive device.

Authorities say the PVC pipe was between 12 and 20 inches with tape on the ends.

Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office investigators and the Tupelo Police Department bomb squad responded to the call around 3:15 p.m. Monday.

Police Capt. Terry Morgan said they used their tools to attempt to detonate the suspicious item and then turned it over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for further investigation.

Sheriff Leo Mask says the item they suspected could be a rudimentary pipe bomb was not explosive. Mask says an investigation is continuing.

ATF officials say the fragments were taken to its lab for analysis.

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