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* San Francisco police Wednesday morning disabled and detonated a “crudely made” explosive device

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San Francisco police Wednesday morning disabled and detonated a “crudely made” explosive device found in the street in the city’s Upper Market neighborhood near the Castro District.Mission Station Sgt. Larry Gray said a passerby found the device near the intersection of 18th and Ord streets, a residential area bordering Market Street, at about 7 a.m. Wednesday and called police. Gray called it “a crudely made handheld explosive” device but declined to describe it in detail, explaining that he did not want copycats.”If it detonated near a person, it could be deadly,” Gray said.Gray said it looked as if someone had thrown the device down into the street in a failed attempt to detonate it.”I believe they were testing out something they had built,” he said.The device was wet and appeared to have been left out in the rain overnight, Gray said.The Police Department’s bomb squad disabled and removed the device, and investigators are trying to find out who created it by testing for fingerprints and DNA, Gray said.No arrests have been made.

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