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    Suspicious device removed from bike trail in Bedford

    Bedford Police
    This device was removed by State Police.

    A suspicious device has been safely removed from the side of a bike trail in Bedford, said police.

    The device was a beer bottle that was partially filled with flammable liquid and had a piece of cloth sticking out from the top, Bedford police said in a statement.

    Workers from the Department of Public Works reported the object about 7:55 a.m. Wednesday while they were cleaning culverts along the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford.

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    Bedford police and fire officials found the device in a section of the Elm Brook Conservation Area that intersects the Bikeway. The area is behind the parking lots of 140 South Road and 15 DeAngelo Drive.

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    The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was notified of the device. They arrived about 8:45 a.m., confirmed that the liquid was flammable, and then rendered it safe, according to Bedford police.

    Bedford police asked anyone with information to call 781-275-1212.

    Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.