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Feds: South Buffalo pipe bombs were fake, man arrested for hoax

Posted: 5:06 PM, Nov 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-03 04:00:25Z

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI have announced an arrest following two incidents involving fake pipe bombs last week.

Federal agents have arrested James Timpanaro, 54, of Richfield Avenue in Buffalo. Timpanaro is charged with "conveying a hoax," a federal charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Investigators say Timpanaro placed three fake pipe bombs in South Buffalo over the course of two days. First, two devices were found outside the Buffalo Police station on South Park Avenue on Friday.

The following day, a third device was found outside the post office in South Buffalo, also on South Park Avenue.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says it intends to prosecute Timpanaro to the fullest extent of the law.

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