FOXNews.com - May 02, 2010
Police say they have found an explosive device near the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon, forcing them to detour the final part of the race.
PITTSBURGH -- Police say a suspected device near the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon prompted them to halt the race briefly while it was rendered harmless.
Police say the device was found in a small microwave oven on the sidewalk after the leaders had finished the course Sunday morning. Police Lt. Kevin Kraus says several blocks were cordoned off near the original finish line for the marathon and half-marathon and police tried to reroute the race but eventually ended up delaying it for 10 to 12 minutes.
The bomb squad used a robot to disable the device, which Kraus says investigators now believe was not an actual explosive.
The all-clear was given shortly before 11 a.m. About 5,000 people took part in the full marathon.
The disruption comes a day after a car-bomb scare in New York emptied Times Square.