Ocean City police say a civilian found an apparent pipe bomb on the beach of the resort town.

It happened Tuesday about 1:50 p.m. on 40th Street and the beach. Police evacuated the area for about an hour.

Using robotic equipment, technicians with the Ocean City bomb squad removed the device from the beach.

Technicians found that it was an improvised explosive device and rendered it safe.

The incident is under investigation by the Ocean City Fire Marshal's office.