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UPDATE: Explosive device found at Planned Parenthood

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GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood.

It happened about 7:40 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.

Authorities say a plastic water bottle filled with an accelerant caused the blast and fire, which quickly extinguished itself by the time firefighters arrived.

No one was in the clinic at the time and there are no injuries.

"I was glad that no one was there and no one was hurt," says Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. "The safety of our patients and our staff is our first concern."

"The type of device used had the potential to be much more destructive, so I'm not sure if it was just meant to send a message,” Grand Chute Police Chief Greg Peterson told FOX 11.

Planned Parenthood says in the past, the location has had some threats. But, none have happened recently.

“There have been demonstrations and there have been arrests. Recently we have not been made aware of any specific threats focused on the facility and we've received no word from anybody accepting responsibility for the situation,” confirmed Peterson to FOX 11.

Planned Parenthood says its staff is on high alert as it prepares to reopen the clinic on Tuesday.

"I think it's fair to say it's unsettling, but we have been working with our staff all day Monday," says Huyck. "They're very committed to the women they take care of and they've all planned to be there." 

The FBI will also aid in the investigation. Peterson says security footage from the building's camera system will be analyzed as a search for a suspect continues.

If you know anything about the incident at Planned Parenthood, you're asked to call the Grand Chute Police Department at (920) 832-1575.

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