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Chess Set Causes Bomb Scare In Louisiana

Authorities in Mandeville, Louisiana had to evacuate a subdivision on Saturday after reports of a potential bomb threat surfaced at the residence of a newly retired IRS agent.

Local television station WWL-TV reports that a briefcase was left on the front porch of the retired agent, who was suspicious that someone may want to cause him harm due to an ongoing case.

The immediate area was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the bomb squad was called in - which determined that after an X-ray that the package looked like that it contained a pipe bomb. However, upon detonating the device, it was determined that the package was a harmless chess set. After the incident, authorities released a statement, which read:

"After thorough investigation the suspicious case was determined to have contained a chess set. Preliminary x-ray images of the contents of the case gave investigators reason to remotely open the case with a water canon which was mounted to a robot. It was then after further remote and physical inspection of the contents by a St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office bomb technician that the case was determined to be harmless and devoid of any explosives."

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