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Olney Neighborhood Evacuated Over Pipe Bomb Scare

The discovery of a possible pipe bomb in an underground cellar forces the evacuation of an Olney neighborhood Tuesday night.

The discovery of a possible pipe bomb in an underground cellar forces the evacuation of an Olney neighborhood Tuesday night.

Officers were called to a house on the corner of Avenue E and Elm St around 10 p.m. Tuesday for a report of teens shooting fireworks in the backyard.

Olney Police Chief Barry Roberts said no one was in the backyard when police arrived, but officers did spot smoke coming out of the home's underground cellar. Inside they found a small fire in a trash can.

When firefighters arrived they found what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb in another part of the cellar.

Police evacuated eight families from nearby homes, including several teens who were watching T.V. inside the house. He said they were the ones who were supposedly firing fireworks but police don't believe they were the ones responsible for the pipe bomb.

Chief Roberts said the Abilene Bomb Squad was called in to investigate. There were no explosive materials inside the object, which has been sent to the DPS lab to be dusted for fingerprints.

All families were allowed back into their homes around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

So far no arrests have been made.

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