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Roll of Reynolds aluminum foil left in mailbox mistaken for pipe bomb

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A roll of Reynolds aluminum foil was mistaken Friday for what looked like a pipe bomb inside a mailbox in Homestead, authorities said. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay said the object found at 28025 SW 168th Court looked like a metal pipe wrapped in foil, with an exposed fuse.

But authorities later realized that it was actually just a roll of Reynolds aluminum foil and that some twine was mistaken for the fuse. 

Lay said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Miami-Dade Police Department's bomb squad responded to the scene.

Authorities believe a friendly neighbor was likely just returning the aluminum foil. 


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