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December 8, 2006

Albany - The Albany Flea market was shut down for about an hour after a possible explosive device was found this morning--turns out it was only a battery.

Albany police and firefighters blocked off parts of North Washington Street and evacuated the flea market around 11 AM, after an investigator with the fire department was handed a black bottle, which he thought was suspicious.

A bomb sniffing dog from the Marine base was brought in, but didn't alert them to anything. Rick Starnes was checking out one of the vacant buildings at the flea market yesterday when he found the bottle. He says, "When the guy came out this morning and I showed it to him and that's when he called the bomb squad in."

Bomb techs called in from Crisp County determined the suspicious device was nothing more than a bicycle battery and not a threat.

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