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Miyagi Prefectural Police defused a makeshift bomb Wednesday that was found outside a police station in the city of Furukawa, Miyagi Prefecture, the previous evening.

The device — placed inside a white plastic shopping bag — was found in bamboo shrubbery outside the main entrance of the police station at around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Police searched the area after a visitor told them a man had tossed an object into the shrubs and fled. The bag contained sticks of dynamite and a timing device made by connecting an electric battery and a clock with lead wire.

The man who fled was described as being in his 40s or 50s, wearing a black shirt, gray slacks and a black cap.

Nearby residents were evacuated for about an hour shortly after midnight as a police bomb squad worked on the explosive, which was moved to the station parking lot for disposal.

It was Furukawa’s third incident involving explosives this month.

On Oct. 8, a bomb went off near the entrance of a pachinko parlor, shattering glass. The next day, a bomb exploded at an unmanned consumer finance firm office, both located within a 1-km radius of Furukawa Police Station.

Police are investigating whether the incidents are connected and checking to see if dynamite has gone missing from any construction sites.

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