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Pipe bomb attached to explosive balloon from Gaza

An improvised explosive device (IED) that was apparently attached to a cluster of balloons launched from Gaza by terrorists on Wednesday afternoon was miraculously found by a passerby before it could explode, but after it had dropped off and landed next to a school in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.

The person who found the explosive did not touch it; instead he called the police bomb squad unit, and began filming the entire experience.

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The explosive — which looked like a small pipe bomb but was sealed with a soda bottle cap that could have piqued the interest of any teenager or school child — landed on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood where any youngster could have picked it up.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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