Police defuse pipe bomb in Chesapeake

Local,DC,Alan Blinder

Emergency officials in southern Virginia evacuated a neighborhood Sunday while authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb in a yard.

Scott Saunders, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Fire Department, said a bomb squad from the Virginia State Police rendered the device harmless within a few hours of its detection.

"It appears it may have been an active explosive, but it still has to go through lab testing," said Saunders, who said the device was located in a front yard.

About 40 people were evacuated while authorities conducted their initial investigation; no one was injured.

Saunders said officials did not know of a motive for planting the device, but said the fire marshal's office is continuing a probe.SClBChesapeake is in Virginia's Hampton Roads region, about 200 miles southeast of Washington.

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