Suspected pipe bomb found by children's center is safely detonated

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A suspicious package has been detonated by a bomb squad after it was discovered outside a pre-K center near Duluth.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the package, suspected to be a pipe bomb, was found outside Hermantown Early Childhood, on the 5000 block of the Miller Trunk Highway south of Duluth airport.

Children inside the building were evacuated by police. The package was next to a vehicle in the parking lot.

WDIO reports the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad was sent to the scene, and they detonated the package at around 12:30 p.m.

Hermantown Deputy Police Chief Shawn Padden told the TV station that the pipe bomb "appeared to be old and may have been there for a while."

"The scene has been made safe, the building evacuated very quickly," Police Chief Jim Crace told the Duluth News Tribune. "We're just working through this process to see if it's a real pipe bomb or something intended to scare people."

The Northland News Center reports the bomb squad – assisted by officials from the 148th Fighter Wing – had found a "rusty, improvised explosive device," or IED.

The evacuated children were taken to the Hermantown Hockey Area, and their parents were called.

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