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Streets reopened after bomb squad detonates Cedar Falls pipe bomb

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Viewer Tory Stoffregen said the device -- seen as a white shape on the right side of the photo -- is in his yard. Viewer Tory Stoffregen said the device -- seen as a white shape on the right side of the photo -- is in his yard.
Another photo of what Stoffregen says is the device in his Cedar Falls yard. Another photo of what Stoffregen says is the device in his Cedar Falls yard.
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Officials secure the scene near the 2300 block of Royal Drive Officials secure the scene near the 2300 block of Royal Drive
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Royal Drive and East Seerley Boulevard reopened about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday after being closed to the public for much of Tuesday due to a pipe bomb that was found by Cedar Falls Public Works.

People who live nearby were on edge especially because the bomb was found less than a day after the bombings in Boston.

"It makes me very nervous after yesterday," said Margaret Woodward who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years.

"I never thought I'd ever see this in my entire life," she said.

Police continue to investigate who put the pipe bomb in a storm drain and how long it had been there.

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A bomb squad robot has finished investigating the scene after the Waterloo Police Department Bomb Squad did a controlled explosion to neutralize the pipe bomb found Tuesday morning.

Police said the robot took video of the pipe bomb before detonating the device.

A muffled boom and puff of smoke from inside a pile of sandbags happened around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say residents can now return to their homes as there is no longer any danger. The area continues to be cordoned off for a few hours.

Police continued to check the area for other devices, though they had no reason to believe there were others.

They say the item found was indeed a bomb, and was a metal device with PVC elements to it before it was detonated, according to officials.

There were "a few pieces left behind," but the bomb part had been detonated, officials said.

Officials said in a press conference that Public Works officials were doing maintenance and saw the device. Mistaking it for debris, they physically brought the device out and set it on a lawn, according to officials.

The bomb squad had sent in a robot to secure the scene after the controlled explosion happened.

Police say the bomb could have been there for some time.  

"We don't even know when it was placed there," said Chief Jeff Olson.  "It's down in the storm drain. It doesn't mean it was there today, it could have been placed some time ago, but that's yet to be determined."

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Cedar Falls Police are still investigating what they say was a pipe bomb found near a Cedar Falls neighborhood and businesses Tuesday morning.

Police say the pipe bomb was found in a manhole by Cedar Falls Public Works at around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning while employees were doing routine maintenance.

Officials brought the device above ground and set it down before deciding it was suspicious.

Viewer Tory Stoffregen of Cedar Falls sent us photos of what he says was the device found by police. He said it had been sitting in his front yard.

Police had previously evacuated all homes around the area of the 2300 block of Royal Drive.

Community United Child Care Center on Seerley Boulevard was on voluntary lockdown this morning. Peet Junior High had not been on lockdown, but was monitoring the situation, according to school officials.

Officers also say University of Northern Iowa police and the Iowa State Patrol are assisting.

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