Update—-The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad investigated the suspicious device and found it to be a pipe wrapped in tape. The device was not explosive.
Residents of the complex and MSSU students are allowed back into their housing while police continue the investigation.
Previous story — Joplin and Jasper County authorities have the area contained and have evacuated a nearby dorm as a precaution. The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad is heading to the scene to help.
A maintenance employee at the apartment complex called police after finding a possible pipe bomb in a dumpster. The person described it as a pipe with caps and tape around it.
Joplin Police ask that you avoid the area while they continue to investigate.
JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police are investigating a report of a suspicious device at an apartment complex near Missouri Southern State University.
Around 9:30 A.M. Thursday police were called to the Royal Orleans Apartments on College View Drive.
Authorities are on scene now and are waiting for a drone before approaching the device to investigate.
We will provide more information on the situation as it becomes available.