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Suspected explosive materials taken to police station

FRANCONIA TWP., Pa. - A resident of Franconia Township, Montgomery County, delivered several packages to the police department building Wednesday afternoon, which he found when cleaning out his son's room. 

The items in the packages -- five clay bricks and an aluminum container with wires protruding -- appeared to be materials used to make explosive devices for demolition. 

The Franconia Township Police Department immediately placed the packages on the front lawn of the police building. 

Employees and visitors to the municipal offices and police department building were evacuated and residents in homes across Allentown Road were notified to shelter-in-place, while the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department bomb unit was notified. 

Deputy technicians originally suspected the items were live explosives, but upon further examination the materials were marked as "inert" which indicated they were most likely objects used for training purposes, the news release from the township police department states. 

The man who delivered the packages spoke to his son -- who is deployed overseas in the military -- and he confirmed they were training materials. 

Detonation was not required. The incident lasted around two hours. 



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