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Police: Suspicous Pipe Found at Bedford Home Not Explosive

Westchester County and Bedford police investigated a PVC pipe found by landscapers and determined it was not a threat to the community.

A suspicious pipe found at a home on Cantitoe Street in Bedford briefly caused the closure of Route 22 between Bedford Center Road and Matthews Mil Road.

However, after a two-hour investigation police officials determined the pipe was not an explosive device and did not pose a threat to the community, according to Bedford Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Dickan.

Bedford police initially responded to a call at 9:40 a.m. after the PVC pipe was discovered in a garden bed by landscapers tending to the property. The pipe, capped on both ends, had a wire approximately an inch in diameter extending from one side.

Bedford police called the Westchester County Department of Public Safety to investigate; fire and emergency services were on standby as a precaution. The bomb squad determined the pipe was not an explosive device.

"We took every precaution and are happy to report that it wasn't a dangerous situation," said Dickan.

The road was re-opened to traffic by 1:15 p.m.

 

Lilly Innocenti October 12, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Can we please clarify that the picture of the house above was not the house that the suspicious pipe was found. I am getting a lot of of calls.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Hi Lilly - sure, I've removed it actually, it was where the flares were set up and not where the incident took place. Sorry for the confusion.
Nelson Salazar October 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM
The pipe is used when a wire that runs underground is broken or damaged. You dig up the wire at the spot where it is damaged and this pipe is used to make a water tight repair and join the two ends of the wire.

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