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Portland police locate 'discarded firearm' after hours-long search

Police say there was no shooting related to this incident.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officers with the Portland Police Department located a “discarded firearm" after an hours-long search on St. Patrick’s Day.

Police began searching for the firearm after receiving a call around 2:40 a.m. Friday about a discarded handgun in the area of Warren Avenue, a news release from the Portland Police Department said early Friday afternoon.

After searching for hours without finding the weapon, police asked the public for help.

Approximately 14 hours later, officers tweeted that the handgun was located and secured.

According to police, there was no shooting related to this incident.

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