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Suspicious device closes part of Market Square for 90 minutes

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

The suspicious device that forced police to cordon off a portion of Market Square in Downtown for about 90 minutes Wednesday is believed to be a pinhole camera, Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya M. Toler said.

Bomb squad technicians, police, firefighters and paramedics were called at 6 p.m. after the device was found near the intersection of Market Street and McMasters Way, county emergency dispatchers said. There were no evacuations and some of Market Square remained open.

Pinhole cameras — which do not have a lens — are designed to capture images over a period of time by slowly exposing an image that filters in through the “pinhole” punched in the side of a light-proof container.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or



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