A pipe bomb discovered inside a Philadelphia police station prompted a swift evacuation Saturday night.
According to 6ABC, the incident came to fruition after a member of the Gun Violence Task force hauled in a suspect they were investigating for a straw purchase of firearms.
After questioning at the 35th precinct, the suspect told them a firearm was buried in the Northeast part of the city.
Officers retrieved a trash bag containing an AK-pattern semi-automatic rifle and returned to the district, only to find a six-inch pipe bomb at the bottom of the bag.
Twenty staff members and fourteen prisoners were evacuated as the Philadelphia Bomb Squad quickly removed and destroyed the device.
Lieutenant Jonah Conway says that the device “wasn’t ticking” and is unsure if it actually posed a threat.
The prisoners were shuffled into a van but did not have to be relocated due to the swiftness of the bomb squad.
The investigation is currently being handled by the AG Gun Violence Task force.
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