Bomb threat closes roads in Bloomington

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2007 - 4:41 PM

A bomb threat that forced police to seal off an area around the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Bloomington for three hours Thursday morning ended with no explosive being found, authorities said.

A bomb threat that forced police to seal off an area around the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Bloomington for three hours Thursday morning ended with no explosive being found, authorities said.

Police learned of the threat just before 7 a.m. and cordoned off the area around the building at 2901 Metro Dr. in Bloomington. Bomb sniffing dogs were brought to the parking lot outside the building and zeroed in on three vans used to transport illegal aliens. The vans were searched.

Perry Heles, deputy chief of the Bloomington Police Department, said no explosive devices were found, but that dogs may smelled something that mirrored chemicals found in explosive devices.

Tim Counts, ICE public affairs officer, didn't elaborate on the nature of the threat, but said the tip was credible enough to warrant the search.

During the search, American Boulevard between 24th and 34th streets was closed and traffic was detoured through parking lots and onto other streets.

The building housing the immigration service was not officially closed, Counts said, but blocked roads employees from coming to work.

"Those who worked in 2901 were told to go home," Heles said.

No one was injured. Authorities are investigating.

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