SALISBURY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A suspicious device that forced the evacuation of a Salisbury Walmart Wednesday morning had the “appearance of a pipe bomb,” according to the Salisbury Police Department.

Authorities confirmed to Queen City News that the device was determined not to be an explosive by investigators and was rendered safe by a bomb squad.

Store employees reportedly discovered the device and called police. Authorities said that out of an abundance of caution, Salisbury Fire, Rowan County Emergency Management and the Cabarrus County Bomb Squad were called to the scene.

Bomb squad members inspected the item, took it to the parking lot and detonated it.

Police said the store would be swept by K9s to ensure it is secure before employees reenter the building.

It was unclear how the package ended up inside Walmart.