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A tense situation was diffused earlier Wednesday afternoon after a landscaper found what appeared to be a pipe bomb lying near Eisenhower Boulevard in Swatara Township, police said.

The device was about 4 inches in length with a visible fuse and caused the landscaper enough concern to immediately call township police, who also determined the device was likely a homemade explosive.

The area around the property in the 449 Eisenhower Blvd. was staged shortly after 3:40 p.m. for the arrival of the state police's Hazardous Device and Explosives Section, according to Swatara Township police.

The device was found lying in the grass away from the building and toward the busy roadway next to the Interstate 83/283 interchange, according to police.

Bomb technicians with the state police confirmed the device was a potentially dangerous explosive that was likely loaded with black powder, police said.

State police took the device with them for disposal and the area was cleared by 5:08 p.m., but police were still uncertain who made the device or why it was placed on the property.

Anyone with any information about the bomb device or who may have had a hand in constructing it and placing it should immediately contact Swatara Township police at 717-564-2550 or through Dauphin County dispatchers at 717-558-6900.

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