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Police investigate possible explosive device at dead man's home

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

Authorities have allowed residents of a Smyrna neighborhood back into their homes after a possible explosive device was found at the home of a neighbor who had recently passed away.

Police were called to the home on Tynnamore Trace in the Paces Ferry Park subdivision at 4:45 p.m. Monday. The late homeowner's relatives had been cleaning out the home. When they opened a safe, they found a device that looked as if it might explode, police said.

The family members called 911. Police called in the bomb squad. Authorities initially evacuated residents within 500 feet of the home. They later expanded that evacuation.

"We also initiated what's called a code red, where we did the reverse 911 system to allow residents in a quarter mile radius to be aware and alert for safety reasons and to evacuate the residents," said Ofc. Mike Bowman, a spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department. 

The bomb squad removed the device and took it to a remote area where they destroyed it. Bowman said he wasn't aware of what exactly the device was.

Neighbors were allowed back into their homes before midnight.

"It was a happy ending because nobody was injured and everybody was able to return back to the house," Bowman said. 

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