Authorities find suspicious item in Ragley to be replica of explosive device

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A suspicious item, later found to be a harmless replica of an explosive device, caused concern Wednesday in Ragley.

According to Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler, authorities were alerted early Wednesday by sanitation workers to what appeared to be some kind of homemade explosive device.

Toler said the item had been spotted by workers in the tray of a trash truck.

Authorities were called in and it was determined to be a replica.

"They have confirmed it with the resident of where it came from," Toler said.
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