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Bomb squad determines suspicious item does not pose a danger

ATHENS, Ohio (March 2, 2006) -- A bomb squad from the Columbus Fire Department completed its assessment of a suspicious item at the Oasis restaurant, corner of University Terrace and Park Place, and determined the item did not pose a danger.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. today, an Ohio University Police Department officer observed a bicycle chained in front of the Oasis with a message on it that indicated the bike was a pipe bomb. Ohio University and Athens City police officials and Athens Fire Department responded.

Ohio University Police Department has identified the owner of the bike. He was interviewed and released. The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio University Police Department.

It has since been determined that This Bike is a Pipe Bomb is the name of a band out of Pensacola, Fla.

"I encourage our students and other fans of the band to not display the name of the band in such a way that it leads to safety concerns," Dean of Students Terry Hogan said. "We are grateful to university and other law enforcement officials for their quick response to this situation."

University buildings that were previously closed to all activity at approximately 7:30 a.m. were reopened by 9 a.m. Those buildings are Gordy Hall, Ellis Hall, Konneker Alumni Center and Scott Quad.

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