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Odd object generates bomb scare

January 27, 1997

FREDERICK, Md. - The intersection of Crestwood Village Boulevard and Ballenger Creek Pike was closed for about 30 minutes Sunday morning while police and fire officials checked out a suspicious package near Frederick County National Bank, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies arrived at the scene at about 11 a.m. and found two cans taped together with duct tape lying on the sidewalk next to the bank, police said.

The intersection was closed to all traffic until deputy state fire marshals from Frederick and Washington counties examined the bomb with an X-ray machine and determined it was not an explosive device, police said.

The suspected bomb turned out to be something commonly used by plumbers when they're fitting plastic pipe together, said W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal agency spokesman.

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The cans are taped together, with one holding epoxy and the other a material used to help set the epoxy, Taylor said.

"For someone not familiar with plumbing, it was, obviously, a very unusual configuration," he said.

Although it looked like a familiar device to the deputy state fire marshals, it could have been an explosive device, and they exercised standard caution, Taylor said.

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