Fire marshal confirms explosive device set off at Topeka duplex

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A fire investigator has confirmed an explosive device was set off at a downtown Topeka duplex Wednesday morning.

Officers on scene said they responded to a criminal damage report at 12:20 a.m. in the 300 block of Southwest Harrison Street. A large hole in the front porch and damage to a window and a house to the north made them concerned an explosive device had been set off. They called the fire marshal, bomb squad and a K-9 unit to examine the scene.

The team of investigators confirmed the damage was from an explosive device. They also checked for a second device, and did not find one.

People were inside both of the duplex’s living units, but no one was reportedly hurt. Police said they will follow up with a criminal investigation, but have cleared the area as safe for now.

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