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UPDATED: Authorities find explosive device in Leesburg home

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office on Saturday found an explosive device while executing a search warrant at a River Creek home in Leesburg.

The 7:50 a.m. search at a residence on Sandpiper Place was part of an "ongoing criminal investigation."

Loudoun bomb squad and fire and rescue personnel deemed the device safe about noon.

The nature of the device – a hand-made device according to Laura Rinehart, Loudoun Fire and Rescue public information officer – and the topography of the scene kept authorities from evacuating the area.

No one was injured during the incident and fire officials say "warrant activities continue."

The incident comes days after the Loudoun Fire Marshal's Office reported that a pipe bomb exploded about 9:48 p.m. Aug. 20 in the River Creek community near Olympic Boulevard and Kings Mill Street on the golf course.

Rinehart said Monday that authorities have not officially linked the two incidents at this time.

No arrests have made at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back at LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.

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