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UPDATE FEB. 27 -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now leading the investigation of the incendiary devices. A total of nine devices were found. ATF officials contacted Wednesday say they have no additional updates on the case.
The New Orleans Police Department bomb squad is investigating eight incendiary devices found inside a truck parked outside a bank in the 3300 block of Canal Street. Police now confirm the devices could have caused an explosion, but their purpose remains unclear at this point in the investigation.
A spokesman with the NOPD was alerted to an abandoned truck in the parking lot of the Whitney Bank at Canal near N. Lopez. A detail officer found a device inside the vehicle around 9:00 Monday morning.
As a precaution, the NOPD evacuated the bank and nearby businesses. Public transportation was halted and traffic on Canal Street was closed in both directions at South Jefferson Davis Parkway.
NOPD bomb technicians were called to the scene. Over the course of several hours, they pulled out eight incendiary devices from the truck. Three were removed by a robot and five others were removed by bomb technicians.
They've been taken away by the bomb squad, which will either detonate them or otherwise render them safe.
NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson told news media in a brief statement Monday afternoon, "We have learned from our bomb squad that the devices found inside of the Ford F-150 contained a combustible compound which could have caused an explosion."
Robertson says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now leading the investigation and has taken the devices to their lab for analysis. "The suspect responsible for this crime can now face federal jail time and fines," reads the statement.
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