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Suspected pipe bombs turn out to be handyman's tools

Police shut down Miami Street late Wednesday afternoon after "possible pipe bombs" were found in a Jeep in the lot of a repossession agency on Miami Street, just south of downtown Buffalo.

But Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said at about 2 p.m. that the items turned out to be nothing more than a handyman's drill bits.

The items were found in a vehicle that was repossessed by Nu-Era Services, located on Miami Street.

A worker at Nu-Era told reporters Wednesday that he got a call from his boss, warning him not to come to the office because the street had been blocked off. The worker, Jeremy Branch, a recovery agent, said that police found two items they thought could be pipe bombs in a black Jeep that was repossessed from the West Side of Buffalo on Sunday.

A call to Nu-Era Wednesday went directly to a message that said the business was closed until further notice but to check back later Wednesday. The company's website was not functioning Wednesday either.

Members of the Erie County Sheriff's Bomb Squad were seen suiting up at the scene. Fire department trucks and law enforcement vehicles were at the scene, but several vehicles, including a fire department hazmat truck, were seen leaving the area shortly after 1 p.m.

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