Milwaukee Police remove non-explosive fuse by downtown street.

the WTMJ News Team

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Milwaukee Police remove non-explosive fuse by downtown street.

CREATED Apr. 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee Police robot has removed what had been suspected to be a pipe bomb near a downtown street, but the MPD says the object was found to not be an explosive.

Officers had blocked off an area near the corner of North 2nd and West Wells Street since about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday morning, but that area was re-opened by 6:45 a.m.

The Criminal Investigation Unit's Hazardous Device Unit responded to investigate the suspected bomb, and tech workers were investigating the possible device after the robot removed it.

It was found around the Renaissance Book Store, right by the corner of 2nd and Wells.

At about 6:08 a.m., TODAY'S TMJ4 cameras showed a robot removing what was believed to be the suspicious device.

After investigating it, they discovered it was a large fuse from a power substation.

According to Milwaukee Police, someone had the fuse in their vehicle and left it next to the building.

Police said there was no threat connected to the discovery of the device.

The scare kept streets blocked off for hours, and people who work near-by, at bay.

"The police were very good about everything, and were informing us in a proper way," said Ed Richards of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

"Nobody has told us in the hotel about it," said Ann-Marie Fendrick.

She was staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites, around the corner from the scene.

"I'm assuming that they thought about it and thought well.  No reason to wake anyone this early in the morning."

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