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NORFOLK -- Emergency crews determined a suspicious item found on railroad tracks in Huntersville Saturday evening was not a threat.

Police department spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson said the Emergency Operations Center got a call about an 'explosive device' shortly after 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

When crews got to Galt and Barre Streets, they found what appeared to be a PVC pipe positioned on the train tracks.

At least 10-20 homes near the tracks were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Emergency workers determined the item was not an explosive and did not pose a threat to people in the area. They believe it may be a piece of railroad equipment.

People who left their homes were able to return to them shortly before 8:00 p.m.

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