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Bomb technicians successfully removed a homemade explosive device from along South 27th Street just before rush hour Thursday afternoon.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg said a yard-care worker found the explosive — which was "definitely large enough that it could seriously injure you" — near the curb in front of a house near 27th and Van Dorn streets at 2:23 p.m.

The device was about the size of a fist and had a 4- to 5-inch fuse, Gegg said.

It appeared to be made out of two D batteries, according to Lincoln Police Sgt. Tyler Cooper.

Fire crews blocked off traffic a couple of blocks north and south of the intersection so technicians could inspect the explosive with their equipment and determine how to neutralize it.

They used a robot to remove the device. The Lincoln Police Department is investigating, and no suspects have been taken into custody.

Gegg said 27th Street was reopened to traffic shortly after 4 p.m.

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