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'Kaboom’ label evacuates city hall; is owner's name

AKRON, Ohio – Officials say the evacuation of a northeast Ohio city hall was prompted by concerns about a metal rod labeled with its owner’s last name, Kaboom.

Police said someone reported a suspicious pipe near council chambers at Akron City Hall, spurring the brief evacuation Wednesday morning. The Akron Beacon Journal ( reports that the item had tape on it, and the writing on it was perceived as a threat.

Officers determined that Kaboom was the name of a man who often attends city council meetings and that he uses the rod as his walking stick. He’d apparently left it behind.

Several dozen workers had been evacuated while a police dog searched the building during the scare.