A reported "incendiary device" used early Friday morning in downtown Atchison has shut down at least 8 businesses for at least until the late afternoon, but no one has been injured.

Fire Chief Ted Graf said at the scene investigators first responded at 2:30 a.m. on an automatic broken glass alarm. There, they discovered structural damage throughout the block along 8th Street between Kansas Avenue and Commercial Street, which supports a large amount of local retail business in Atchison.

Graf said following an investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Atchison Police Department as well as his fire department, he considered the scene safe enough to escort business owners into their damaged stores to retrieve essential items.

Police Chief Mike Wilson said more information will be released later in the day. The incident is being treated as a crime scene, Graf said.

It's not known if the incident will affect First Friday, Atchison's monthly public gathering of business owners and artisans in downtown.

This story will be updated.

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