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'Timebomb' label a store, not a threat in Pa.

John McGlothlen

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police say an abandoned backpack with the word "timebomb" on it prompted a bomb scare, though it appears the alarming label was a bumper sticker from a nearby store called Timebomb Clothing.

Shop owner Brian Brick tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his store sells merchandise, including bumper stickers bearing the shop's name. A bomb squad official says the "timebomb" label appeared to be a bumper sticker.

The bag was found on the front steps of an apartment building Thursday, prompting the bomb squad response before the bag was found to be harmless about 10 a.m.

Brick says this isn't the first time the store's name has alarmed authorities. He says postal officials asked him to stop mailing items in plain brown wrappers because the "Timebomb" label caused such parcels to be inspected for threats.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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