Suspicious package investigated in Vero Beach on the 4500 block of 16th Street

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Bomb technicians on the Treasure Coast are trying to figure out what firefighters in Indian River County found Monday morning.

As firefighters knocked down a suspicious blaze at a vacant property in the 4500 block of 16th St., they discovered a cylindrical device that was covered on both ends.

The St. Lucie County Explosive Ordnance team was then called to the scene.

"They X-rayed the device.  They couldn't determine if it was dangerous, so it was placed in their secure transport facility," said Sgt. Eric Flowers with the IRC Sheriff's Office.

The bomb squad took the device away.

No evacuations were necessary, but the stretch of 16th Street between 43rd and 58th avenues was closed for several hours.

Investigators said the discovery has no connection to former president George W. Bush's visit to Vero Beach on Monday. 

The president's team was made aware of what was found.

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