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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2008 7:49 pm | Updated: 9:41 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Who would hide a bomb under an Arizona flag at a rest stop?

That question crossed the mind of a rest-area custodian after he discovered a curious object under a flag that had fallen from its flagpole on Sunday.

What he uncovered resembled a pipe bomb, according to a stateDepartment of Public Safety report.

The Canoa Rest Area near Tucson was evacuated at about 8 a.m. to allow an explosive ordnance unit from DPS to check the suspicious object.

Witnesses described it as a "cylindrical object, connected by a wire cable," according to the DPS report.

DPS officer Quentin Mehr said, however, that the bomb squad quickly discovered that the object that resembled a pipe bomb was actually quite harmless.

The ordnance team realized that the object was just a piece of the broken flagpole that had fallen during the night.

There were no signs of tampering, Mehr said.

The rest area was reopened at 10:30 a.m.

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