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Area near bank roped off as police inspect container

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The area around JP Stone Community Bank at Main and 19th streets was roped off at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday while emergency first responders inspected a cylinder found lying in the street.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department and city of Roswell, said the cylinder in question turned out to be an acetylene bottle that had fallen off a vehicle.

Acetylene is a highly flammable gas, but Wildermuth said because it was stored properly and handled safely, it did not pose an immediate threat to the public.

Representatives from a local welding company were contacted and removed the container since acetylene is often used by welders and they know how to handle it, Wildermuth said.

In all, the affected area was roped off for less than an hour, Wildermuth said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.