BRADENTON, Fla. - UPDATE: A robot initiated a controlled detonation of the suspicious device shortly after 2:15 p.m. The investigation continues.
ORIGINAL STORY: A sheriff's bomb squad was called to a Bradenton neighborhood Wednesday afternoon after officers tracked down a man with a suspicious device in a backpack. Eight homes were evacuated and nearby CSX railroad tracks were shut down as a result. Police say the suspect, who is homeless, was talking with two other individuals when he produced what appeared to be a pipe bomb. The individuals spotted some law enforcement officers and reported it. They tracked him down to a residence. He was taken into custody and a robot was sent into the home in the 300 block of 12th Avenue West to investigate.
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