Update: All-clear in Rochester after bomb scare


Authorities in Rochester have given the all-clear after a search for explosives inside a car parked in a business area turned up nothing dangerous, KIMT reports.

A section of Broadway Avenue was closed to traffic and businesses in the Crossroads Center were evacuated earlier in the day because police suspected the car might have dangerous materials inside.

The incident began around noon Wednesday, when police took a 911 call reporting a man driving erratically, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports. When officers responded, the driver refused to stop and kept driving.

A dispatcher ran the car's license plate number and learned the vehicle had been flagged for possible involvement in a bomb threat at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport earlier in the day.

The driver eventually pulled into the parking lot at the Crossroads Center, where he was arrested.

A police "sniffer" dog was then brought in, and it indicated the presence of some explosive material in the back seat of the car.

A bomb squad was called in from St. Paul and examined the car, but didn't find any hazardous materials, ABC 6 News reports. The scene was cleared about 5 p.m. according to reports.

The suspect, who was alone in the vehicle, has not been identified. Police have confirmed he is the same suspect who was involved in a bomb threat at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport Wednesday morning, according to ABC 6.

Airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski told BringMeTheNews that a male suspect drove up to the airport's main terminal around 8 a.m. and told a person who was on the upper roadway there was a bomb at the airport. He then drove off.

The man was stopped by police in Apple Valley a short time later, but he fled again and police were still searching for him. According to Scovronski, the bomb threat at the airport was "not credible."

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