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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:46 pm

Narcotics officers investigating a storage unit in north Odessa discovered a make-shift pipe bomb, delaying their search that began Wednesday afternoon for several hours.

No one was injured, but the Odessa Bomb Unit responded to dispose of the explosive.

Detectives had been executing a narcotics-related search warrant at CubeSmart, 5306 N. Grandview Ave., when they reported finding the pipe bomb at about 3:30 p.m. in the shed, which is in the southeast corner of the facility. Odessa’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit was seen arriving on scene about an hour later.

As the bomb squad removed the pipe bomb from the shed along with an unidentified object wrapped in electrical tape, technicians also discovered a hand grenade, according to statement from the Odessa Police Department.

Bomb technicians investigated in protective suits and used a robot to handle what appeared to be the pipe bomb. Police did not report whether the hand grenade was live, but all three items were declared safe at about 7:11 p.m.

Officers then searched the area, using at least one police K-9, to make sure there were no additional explosives.

No businesses were forcefully evacuated but some people along 52nd Street did so voluntarily after they were notified by police and the end of the business day arrived.

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