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Lockport apartment building evacuated after possible pipe bomb found

LOCKPORT – The ten-unit apartment building at 80 Genesee Street here was evacuated for a time late Thursday afternoon after a new tenant replacing ceiling tiles in his flat was shocked to find an apparent pipe bomb falling to the floor.

After the tenant called Lockport police for help, all the tenants were asked to leave the building and were taken next door to the Salvation Army building while the bomb units of the Niagara County and Erie County sheriff’s offices assisted Lockport police in gingerly dealing with the device.

Lockport Police Lt. Salvatore Licata said the device was taken out of the building for testing after questions developed as to whether it was an was an active device capable of exploding. As of Thursday evening the age of the device had yet to be determined, he added.

All tenants evacuated from the building about 5 p.m. Thursday were allowed to return to their flats within several hours, and the bomb squads of the three law enforcement agencies continued to investigate the origins of the device, Lt. Licata said.

He said nobody was injured by the device nor in the evacuation of the building.