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Suspicious device found smoldering in Chapel Hill

Posted November 22, 2013

— Chapel Hill police closed East Franklin Street at Elliott Road for about three hours late Thursday while they investigated a suspicious device that had been set on fire.

Authorities responded to the intersection at about 9:30 p.m. and began diverting traffic and pedestrians away from the area.

The Durham County Sheriff's Bomb Detection Unit determined that the device was not an explosive. 

The road was reopened at about 1 a.m. Friday, Chapel Hill police said. 


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  • A person Nov 22, 4:50 p.m.

    What is "a suspicious device". Not really sure how a device acts suspiciously

  • cecil822 Nov 22, 12:53 p.m.

    testing 1 2 3....

  • Zorg Nov 22, 11:06 a.m.

    On Franklin Street? Probably a bong.

  • pipcolt Nov 22, 9:23 a.m.

    maybe a burning cell phone ?

  • delete account Nov 22, 9:08 a.m.

    My money is on the ol' flaming-bag-of-poo.

  • Corporal Snark Nov 22, 9:05 a.m.

    Move along, nothing to see here. It was just the smoldering remnants of "The Carolina Way."

  • no contest Nov 22, 8:44 a.m.

    Look out! A smoking hot muffler fell off a cash for clunker car and some PhD in Chapel Hill thought it was a terrorist device.

  • A person Nov 22, 8:33 a.m.

    Wow, again the terrorists win

  • luvstoQ Nov 22, 8:33 a.m.

    Well, the rest of the story, please!!!

    What was it????????????