Suspicious Item Detonated By Bomb Squad in Miami Beach

Miami-Dade Bomb Squad responds after suspicious item found

A Bomb Squad detonated what police initially believed to be a pipe bomb that was found in Miami Beach Tuesday morning, officials said.

The suspicious item was found on the boardwalk in the 4100 block of Collins Avenue by officers who were patrolling in the area, Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Det. Vivian Hernandez said.

"In this case the device was meant to look like a bomb made out of PVC piping which gave the officer much more of a heightened alert when it came to dealing with that device," Hernandez said.

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Police closed off nearby streets as the Miami-Dade Police's Bomb Squad was called in, Hernandez said.

"During this process our officer encountered what appeared to be a PVC pipe bomb. Due to recent events and typical protocol for us is to call the Miami-Dade bomb squad, they responded," Hernandez said. "We closed off the roads in order to make a huge perimeter."

The Bomb Squad detonated the item and no one was injured, Hernandez said. Officials later said there were no explosives inside the pipe.

"Miami-Dade was able to do their work and detonate this device and find out that it was not an explosive," Hernandez said.

Police are investigating the incident.

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