‘Suspicious’ item: PVC pipe, end caps accidentally left in cart by customer

LEWES – All clear and safe – and the mystery is solved.

The Delaware State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Monday afternoon determined the “suspicious item” found in a shopping cart in the Lowes parking lot was not a bomb or explosives, but was a piece of PVC pipe with end caps accidentally left in the cart.

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This piece of PVC pipe and end caps left in a shopping cart brought state police to the Lewes’ Lowes Monday.

Investigators learned that a male customer purchased the pipe with the end caps attached earlier that morning along with some other items, said state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier.

“When he pushed the shopping cart out to his vehicle, he unloaded the other items out of the cart and failed to retrieve the pipe that was left on the infant seat area of the cart,” Cpl. Fournier said.

State police responded at about noon Monday when the suspicious  item was found in a shopping cart.

All entrances to the business were closed and patrons were instructed to remain inside the store as the EOD Unit inspected and removed the item,  Cpl. Fournier said.

Lowe’s re-opened for business around 2:30 p.m.

No charges will be filed in this incident, Cpl. Fournier said.






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