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UPDATE: WR police detonate suspicious devices found at headquarters

Two suspicious devices forced Warner Robins police to evacuate their headquarters at 800 Young Ave. this morning.

Warner Robins police Maj. John Wagner said about 40 people were evacuated from the building behind City Hall about 9:30 a.m. after police found the suspicious devices in some property collected related to a stolen vehicle.

Robots used in handling explosive devices from both the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from the 116th at Robins Air Force Base and GBI were being utilized, Wagner said. The ATF also had been notified, he said.

Bomb technicians using a high-powered water cannon destroyed the first of two suspicious devices at 11:22 a.m. They removed the second device from the building and blasted it apart at about noon with an explosive charge that fires through the device similar to a shotgun round, Wagner said

Wagner said the first device resembled a pipe bomb and the second device looked like it had wires that could be connected to a battery. Wagner said that a lay person would have considered both devices suspicious.

Pieces from both devices will be collected and sent to the GBI Crime Lab for examination, but authorities may not know for a while if they were in fact explosive devices.

Happy Hour Service Center, next door to the police headquarters at 802 Young Ave., evacuated more than 100 people. Workers and consumers returned to the building at about 12:30 p.m.

Wagner said workers with the police department were expected to report back for duty at 1 p.m.

There was no call or threat with the devices, which were found inside the bottom of a plastic box connected to the stolen vehicle case, Wagner said. He declined to elaborate.

When the devices were discovered, Wagner said, "We went ahead and orderly got everybody together and out of the building."

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