Turns out the scary moments at Akron City Hall can all be traced to a man forgetting his "walking stick."
Police tell AkronNewsNow that PVC pipe with duct tape at both ends -- and the word "kaboom" and "nuisance people eliminated" with hash marks -- was no bomb. It was a homemade cane owned by James "Natural" Kaboom -- that's his legal name -- 66, or North Hill. He'd forgotten it at a meeting.
Workers at the city building on South High Street were scared, and thought what they saw was a pipe bomb. Enter the Summit County Bomb Squad, Akron Police Department, Akron Firefighters and even the University of Akron's K-9 dog sniffing around.
Noone was injured and the evacuation of the building was short-lived.
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(ANN previous coverage) There were a few tense moments at Akron City Hall this morning. Officials say there was a four-foot pipe found outside council chambers around 8:30.
The pipe had the words "natural kaboom", and "nuisance people eliminated". The building was evacuated, and the item was checked for any explosives. Nothing turned up, and the building was cleared around 10AM. Officers are now investigating as to who left the pipe there. Turns out the scary moments at Akron City Hall can all be traced to a man forgetting his "walking stick.