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Pipe bomb explodes outside church

From staff reports

An apparent pipe bomb explosion at a church in northwest Rochester has authorities searching for answers and those involved, according to police.

The bomb went off Tuesday night at the front door of the Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W., Capt. Jim Pittenger said. It was reported Wednesday morning when a pastor discovered the damage.

Police found parts of a metal pipe and granules of gunpowder near the front door, which was scorched from the explosion.

A person called authorities Tuesday night and reported a loud explosion, which might have been the bomb detonating, Pittenger said. He said church pastors don't know of anyone that angry with the church.

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The case is being investigated by Rochester police and fire departments and has been reported to the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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