DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - There was another bomb scare in Dothan Monday.
For the third time in less than a week the Dothan bomb squad is investigating a potential explosive device.
Traffic was at a standstill for more than an hour as a robot removed what appeared to be a bomb from a Dothan drainage ditch.
A city cleaning crew made the discovery as they were working on South Oates Street. They spotted the device outside a law firm.
In the end, there was no danger. Investigators say the device turned out to be a left over firecracker from the Fourth of July.
"However, we don't go up and take a look at it say it's plastic, we treat it as such until it's rendered safe and that is what we are doing now regardless if it's a bomb or not," said Lt. Keith Gray of the Dothan Police Department.
The bomb squad detonated the device in a remote area of the city and will use the incident to enhance future training.
Before it was over, police shut down two blocks of downtown Dothan and evacuated a number of buildings including the Houston County Courthouse.
Last Thursday the Dothan bomb squad was called to a suspicious package outside of the Dale County Courthouse and a pipe bomb found in a car near Dothan High Shcool.