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Blowout preventer now in FBI hands

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In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 12:23 a.m. EDT, Saturday Sept. 4, 2010 Aug. 3, 2010 shows the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico being raised to the surface. (AP Photo/BP PLC) In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 12:23 a.m. EDT, Saturday Sept. 4, 2010 Aug. 3, 2010 shows the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico being raised to the surface. (AP Photo/BP PLC)

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - A key piece of evidence in the oil spill probe has been safely secured on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, and investigators are getting their first chance to personally look at the device up close.

The blowout preventer was placed into a metal contraption specifically designed to hold the massive device at 9:16 p.m. CDT Saturday. As the 50-foot, 300-ton piece of equipment was maneuvered into place, water dripped off the device.

It took 29½ hours to lift the blowout preventer from a mile beneath the sea to the surface. FBI agents have already started taking photos and video of the device. They will escort it back to a NASA facility in Louisiana for analysis.

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