By Shereen Siewert
UPDATE (4:05 p.m.) Law enforcement officials have given the all clear in a bomb scare that forced evacuation of a Superior fire station and surrounding area.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine told the Duluth News Tribute the Marathon & Oneida County Joint Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad arrived Tuesday afternoon and safely removed the device, which was discovered Tuesday morning by a pedestrian.
The device will be sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab for testing. Nothing else suspicious was located in the area during a ground search, according to a news release. The department will continue to investigate the incident.
A robot from the police department handled the device and determined the suspected explosive device inactive.
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Members of the Marathon County Bomb Squad are responding Tuesday to a report of a possible homemade explosive device found near the Superior Fire Department headquarters, according to a Duluth News Tribune report.
At a news conference late Tuesday morning, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said a pedestrian on the sidewalk noticed the device and reported it to police. The device was found at about 9:15 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of a dental office that sits next to the fire hall.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine is urging residents to avoid the area until the suspected explosive device is cleared.
The pipe-shaped device is about 1 foot long and has a fuse, officials said.
Superior Fire Department officials remained inside the building until about 10:30 a.m. In a city of Superior news release, Paine said he ordered all personnel to evacuate from the fire hall. All rigs remain in service and are ready to respond to emergencies throughout the city, he said.
The Duluth News Tribune posted the following video on the newspaper’s Facebook page with comments from city officials: