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Police still probing report of homemade explosive outside restaurant

Police continue investigating a possible homemade explosive device that was removed from the sidewalk in front of a restaurant on State and Pine streets around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Hutch Brown, a waiter and bartender at LFK, a burger restaurant at 188 A State St., said he went outside to take a picture of the business, "and I noticed this little, weird bag on the ground, probably no bigger than a hard-boiled egg. I kind of nudged it with my foot, and this black powder kind of shot out of it, and I looked a little closer and I could see a little wick."
Police responded and removed the device.
Portland Police Lt. James Sweatt on Thursday said a forensic examination is ongoing, but added that there were no beebees, but there was black powder and a fuse. "Miniscule in size," the device remains under investigation, Sweatt said.
"We shared it with our other partners in the law enforcement community because that's what we do when there's something that is unknown or unusual," he said. "It was disposed of properly. It is an open investigation, and we continue to search for any witnesses or evidence."
To provide information anonymously, community members may contact police by text, Internet or telephone. Mobile phone users can text the keyword "GOTCHA" plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES). The public may submit tips by going to the Portland Police Department website at www.portland-police.com and clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip."
Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department's Crime Tip line: 874-8584.
Witnesses are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 874-8533.

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