WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Police say a possible explosive device prompted them to pull in a robot for further investigation near campus Wednesday. What the robot dismantled was far from a bomb, however.
The West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD) had a section of Grant Street near Purdue's campus blocked off and were advising pedestrians and drivers to avoid the area Wednesday around 1 to 2:30 p.m.
According to WLPD Lt. Troy Harris, officers were conducting an investigation in the area of Grant and Sylvia streets.
A suspicious device had been reported to police, which launched the department into precautionary exercises to rule out any danger.
WLPD even used a robot to investigate the device, which turned out to be just a piece of PVC pipe. A resident had posted signage attached to the PVC pipe near their home, and the signage had fallen off, leaving the PVC pipe.
Officers say there was no danger and the streets are back open.
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