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‘Suspicious device’ detonated at Babson by authorities

A suspicious device found this morning at Babson College was destroyed in a controlled detonation by State Police bomb technicians at 10:57 a.m., college officials said.

There was no damage, and the area has been deemed clear of any threat, Babson spokesman Michael Chmura said in a statement.

He said the bomb squad acted out of “an abundance of caution.”

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He had no comment on whether the device was actually a bomb. He said the college was cooperating in an investigation of the device, which was discovered at about 7:10 a.m. near the Babson Executive Conference Center.

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Wellesley Deputy Police Chief Jack Pilecki said in a telephone interview today that the object was “what appears to be a pipe with a piece of small copper tubing coming out of the top and what looks like to be a rubber base to it.’’

After the object was found by Babson public safety officials, Wellesley police and firefighters and State Police responded and a portion of the center was evacuated.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.