IED found on West Side

A member of the New Hampshire State Police Bomb Squad removes a device in a blast-proof container from a garage on West Street between Granite and Douglas streets in Manchester on Friday.

MANCHESTER — The state police bomb squad removed a “crude improvised explosive device” that had prompted increased security measures at nearby Manchester High School West on Friday morning, authorities said.

The device, buried under leaves in the rear of 91 West St., “appeared to be old and possibly inert,” Manchester police said.

Police responded to an auto repair business at 96 West St., about a device that was found nearby.

The garage owner told police his neighbor was cleaning the backyard when he found the device.

The garage owner put the device inside his office before calling police.

The bomb squad examined the suspicious object, removed it from the garage and took it to the unit’s facility to be disposed of properly.

“Investigators do not know how long the crude device had been in the yard,” police said.