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Branch Avenue to reopen after fake explosive scare in Clinton

March 29, 2011 - 10:01 AM
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Police shut down Branch Avenue in Clinton Tuesday morning when a person found a fake device that had been made to look like a bomb lying in the median of the roadway near Coventry Way.

The Prince George’s County Police bomb squad was brought in to disrupt the device and have deemed it non-threatening. Bomb detectives have collected what's left of the device, which appeared to be an improvised explosive device and looked like a “phone attached with wires to package," source told ABC7 News.

The north and southbound lanes of Branch Avenue were shut down as a precaution, and traffic was detoured around the area, to ensure the public’s safety. Branch Avenue should reopen within 30 minutes. 

Maryland State Police and the Prince George's County Police were assiting with the investigation.

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