Rod labeled 'Kaboom' prompts Ohio city hall scare

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the evacuation of a northeast Ohio city hall was prompted by concerns about a metal rod labeled with its owner's last name, Kaboom.

Police say someone reported a suspicious pipe near council chambers at Akron City Hall, spurring the brief evacuation Wednesday morning. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/PaW1OO ) reports the item had tape on it, and the writing on it was perceived as a threat.

Officers determined that Kaboom was the name of a man who often attends city council meetings and that he uses the rod as his walking stick. He'd apparently left it behind.

Several dozen workers had been evacuated while a police dog searched the building during the scare.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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