Cobb County police said a bomb squad and a hazardous materials team were sent to the Vinings-area home near Atlanta Monday afternoon to take care of the touchy housekeeping detail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Police also cleared neighboring homes while they removed the device, evacuating residents within 500 feet. The main entrance to the subdivision was also blocked, police said.
The nature of the device was not immediately known.
Records indicated a locksmith who died in November owned the home.