A suspected bomb, which closed a portion of Main Street and called for the evacuation of area residents, was deemed a dud July 21 by the Maine State Police bomb squad.

At about 8:30 a.m., a homeowner contacted police after a tube-like device with what appeared to be a fuse was found inside a mailbox at 267 Main St., according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Reggie Walker.

As a precaution a portion of Main Street between Four Rod Road and Georges River Terrace was closed for more than three hours while police waited for the bomb squad to arrive.

After further investigation, it was found the device was a small American flag wrapped up in a paper towel tube, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

Burtis said he does not believe it was a malicious attempt. Two children, ages 7 and 8, were involved. No charges will be filed.

"We're a little hypersensitive nowadays," said Burtis, adding "We decided to err on the side of safety."

Burtis said he does not know the total monetary amount of the three-hour response, but said "It's not as high as it would have been if it were a real bomb."

In addition to the Knox County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police, the state Fire Marshal's Office, and Warren Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.