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Explosive ‘hoax’ prompts evacuation near LaGrange convenience store

Published: Jun. 12, 2022 at 6:07 PM EDT
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - LaGrange police say an explosive hoax prompted an evacuation near a convenience store Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., police responded to Speedy Serve, located at 201 Whitesville Road, in reference to a suspicious package. When they arrived, authorities say they went to a small field directly behind the building where a store employee found the item partially buried in the ground.

The area was evacuated after police considered the item to be a potential explosive device. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit responded to the scene and determined the item was counterfeit; it was collected and turned over to the LaGrange Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LaGrange police at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

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