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Pipe bomb detonated in secure area by bomb squad, officials say

Object found at Quality Inn on Southwest College Rd.

OCALA, Fla. – A Bomb Squad from the Ocala Police Department safely detonated a pipe bomb in a secure area on Saturday. 

A suspicious object was reported at the Quality Inn on Southwest College Road at 1:17 p.m. on Saturday, officials said.

Officials said the object appeared to be a pipe bomb. The OPD immediately evacuated the hotel and called the Bomb Squad. At 3:51 the bomb was detonated in a secure area. There does not appear to be any further threat.