'Bomb' which shut down NSW town couldn't have exploded, say police
A suspicious device found near a bank in Mullumbimby looked like an improvised bomb but was not capable of exploding, police said.
The northern NSW town was put into lockdown yesterday after the device was found next to Commonwealth Bank on Station Street at 7.30am.
A 200m exclusion zone was set up around the area and businesses including the bank were evacuated
Bomb disposal experts from Sydney examined the device, which looked like a metal pipe with a circuit board and a switch.
The operation lasted for hours.
Police said today the device never had the capacity to detonate.
The device is still being forensically examined.
Police appealed for help from anybody who might have any information which might help their investigation.
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