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Improvised explosive at Gainesville home detonated safely by GBI
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A suspicious device found Monday night at a Sherwood Road residence is being classified as an “improvised explosive.” Residents in the area were evacuated Monday night to First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville, returning to their homes before 11 p.m. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Gainesville Police said the suspicious device found Monday night at a Sherwood Road residence is being classified as an “improvised explosive.”

The device was reported to police after 5 p.m. Monday, and bomb technicians detonated it after 10 p.m. that night.

A woman answering the phone at the residence said they found a box with “some things in it that we didn’t know what it was.” She did not identify herself to The Times and hung up the phone.

“Investigators are working to determine the origin of the device,” police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook wrote in an email. “However, it is believed to be linked to the residence in which it was found.”

Holbrook said the investigation is ongoing, and the department is withholding further information about those involved.

Residents in the area were evacuated Monday night to First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville, returning to their homes before 11 p.m..

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation bomb disposal unit was called in to assist.

“After examination the item was rendered safe and all evidence was turned over to the police department,” GBI Public Affairs Deputy Director Bahan Rich wrote in an email.

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