Small homemade explosive device found, disarmed in St. Cloud parking lot

The Minneapolis Bomb squad disarmed a small homemade explosive device found near some dumpsters in a parking lot in St. Cloud, according to the St. Cloud assistant chief.

Around 11:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a suspicious item near the dumpsters in the 10 block of 15th Avenue South.

The homemade device was about eight inches long by four inches wide.

As a precaution, police used their armored vehicles to shield surrounding businesses.

The bomb squad made the device safe and safely removed the item from the area.

Two businesses were closed temporarily during the incident.

The case is still under investigation.