By Mike Ullery
PIQUA — Piqua police, fire and units from Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a suspicious device found at 652 W. Ash St., Piqua, on Thursday afternoon.
A maintenance man found the suspicious device in a detached garage at a rental unit that is believed to be vacant and called police for assistance.
When police were called at 12:22 p.m., they in turn contacted the Dayton Bomb Squad to come and evaluate the device.
As a precaution, residences near the address were evacuated. A Piqua Rescue Squad responded to assist one resident who had mobility issues.
Dayton Bomb Squad members, after checking the suspicious package, determined that it was possible to destroy the object in place.
They prepared to destroy the package and it was detonated, without issue, at 3:27 p.m.
Police closed College Street from High to North streets and Ash Street from Franklin to Walker streets until the all-clear was given minutes after.
Piqua police are continuing to investigate the circumstances involving the device and how it got into the garage.
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335.