A state fire marshal robot fired a bullet into a pipe found on the side of a Herald Harbor bar Wednesday in an attempt to defuse what police and firefighters thought was a pipe bomb, county police said.
When the device did not explode, a bomb technician examined it and determined it was a crack cocaine pipe.
The incident caused emergency workers to evacuate the bar and a house directly across the street and shut down the single road in and out of Herald Harbor -- which has about 750 homes -- from about 3: 30 p.m. until about 6 p.m.
The incident began about 2: 30 p.m. when Lawrence P. Arelland, an employee of the Herald Harbor Inn in the 400 block of Herald Harbor Road, notified the Herald Harbor fire station that he thought a pipe bomb was on the side of the bar.
Firefighters agreed that the 12-inch cylindrical object wrapped in black electrical tape looked like a pipe bomb and called police and the state fire marshal's office.
The robot, which arrived about 5: 30 p.m., examined the device and then fired a round into the object.
Colchester on the Severn: Someone threw a sledgehammer through a sliding glass door just before 2 a.m. Tuesday to break into a house in the 600 block of Tewkesbury Lane and steal cash, a wallet and a purse.
Pub Date: 9/06/96