Springfield police are investigating an incident in which an apparent pipe bomb -- described as an "improvised explosve device" -- was located on a downtown street.
The device was found in the 600 block of East Washington at around 6:20pm Monday evening. Police established a perimeter around the device and called in the Secretary of State's Bomb Squad, which safely defused the device.
There was no immediate information about who may have planted the device or why. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Crimestoppers at 788-8427.