KILLEEN (April 3, 2014) Explosives experts from Fort Hood determined that a device found strapped under a pickup truck Thursday morning was a fake but was made to look like a pipe bomb.
Police in the area said at about 1:30 p.m. that residents who were evacuated earlier in the day would be allowed to return to their homes within the hour.
The device, a piece of pipe with wires attached, was intentionally made to look like a pipe bomb but was, in fact, inert and contained no explosive hazard, Carroll Smith, Killeen police spokeswoman said.
A News 10 reporter at the scene said people in the area heard a loud boom at about 1 p.m. as bomb experts from Fort Hood were studying the device.
Smith said the boom was the result of a test and not the device actually exploding.
It was that test that resulted in the Fort Hood experts concluding there was no explosive hazard.
Police fanned out in the area in North Killeen Thursday morning and were asking some residents to leave while others were told to stay inside.
Residents living between Austin and Dean and between 4th and 8th Streets were evacuated.
Police units were sent at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday to the neighborhood in North Killeen near North 8th Street and East Hoover Avenue after a man found a pipe-like device that had wires attached to it and was taped to a truck.
Police set up a perimeter around the area from Anderson to Dean and between 8th and 2nd streets and established a command post at 4th and Texas Avenue.
The area remained secure into the afternoon while bomb experts were investigating the device.
A homeowner who went outside where a friend's pickup truck was parked first spotted the suspicious device taped under the truck.
The man took a picture of the device with his cell phone and sent it to his friend.
The friend called police.