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What appeared to be three sticks of dynamite left on the steps of a business in the 1800 block of Elmwood Avenue Monday morning turned out to be a fake bomb, authorities said.

But for more than an hour, traffic was rerouted and Buffalo police officers and members of the Erie County Bomb Squad, along with bomb-sniffing dogs, carried out an investigation before determining that the bomb was not real, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

“It had been spotted at about 7 a.m. by a passerby,” DeGeorge said. “It had been left in a visible area right on the front steps of 1800 Elmwood.”

An investigation continues, he said, to determine who was responsible for placing the device there.

Witnesses at the scene described it as three red tubes taped together with a component that was perhaps intended to look like an ignition unit.

Traffic on Elmwood between Hertel and Great Arrow avenues was detoured. That portion of Elmwood was reopened at about 8:20 a.m.