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Three suspicious backpacks blown up by police in Union City; Despite a bomb threat at Union City Community School the same day suspicious backpacks were found blocks away, police say the incidents are likely not related? (Not Related hmm?)

(The Star Press) UNION CITY — Local schools, a senior housing facility and a church day care were evacuated at separate times Monday after a morning bomb threat at the high school and the apparent unrelated discovery of three suspicious backpacks later in the day.

The backpacks, found about four blocks away from the school, were detonated in two blasts by the Delaware County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad, Delaware County Sheriff George Sheridan said.

The first of those backpacks was noticed Monday morning by local firefighters, said Union City Police Chief William Bradbury. Firefighters saw a man approach the First Christian Church at Oak and Plum streets, drop a backpack near the church door and “walk hurriedly away from it,” the police chief said.

Bradbury said the firefighters approached the man, asked him to stay there and alerted police.

“We then talked to that subject who was acting very suspicious. His answers were not making a whole lot of sense,” Bradbury said.

The man, whom Bradbury called a “person of interest at the time” was questioned and later released. He was not charged with a crime. Bradbury declined to identify the man, other than to say he was an adult male from Ohio. (The police chief did say the man isn’t a resident of adjoining Union City, Ohio.)

That first backpack was found around 11 a.m., just as local police, with the help of the bomb squad from Muncie, determined a bomb threat discovered at 8:25 a.m. on a bathroom wall inside Union City Community High School was a ruse. The high school and adjoining middle and elementary schools were all evacuated after the threat was found.

The incident marked the second bomb threat made at the high school in as many school days.

And the threats in Union City come after a similar threat, also found written on a bathroom wall, was determined to be a hoax Thursday at Winchester Community High School.

Police don’t believe the school threats in Union City and Winchester are related, and Bradbury said he doesn’t think the incident at the school Monday and the backpacks found a few blocks away are related either.

“I don’t believe they are connected. I think they just happened to be at the same time,” Bradbury said. “We have nothing to connect (them.)”

After the first backpack was found, police searched the full city block and found two others in an alley behind Hoosier Place, a former school building that has been renovated into senior apartments. That facility and nearby churches and homes were then evacuated so police could detonate all three bags. Several local streets were closed to traffic by the city street department.

Neither Bradbury nor Sheridan would give specifics on the backpacks, or on the debris found after the detonations. Bradbury said it’s not certain that a bomb was inside any of the bags.

“We can’t say there was a bomb there, but we did locate items that are suspicious (and) that are commonly used to manufacture explosives,” Bradbury said.

The investigation is ongoing.


October 16, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

1 Comment »

  1. so inspirational

    Comment by commercial lock National City | December 29, 2015 | Reply

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