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Update: Park Rapids back to normal after explosives scare

People should not go near the area to "gawk," authorities said.

Update 5:45 p.m.

Police in Park Rapids said the shutdown of the western side of the city is over.

Roads were closed and buildings placed on lockdown after the discovery of possible explosives, but at around 5 p.m. Park Rapids PD said the area was opening up again.

Staff at Linda's Recycled Goods initially thought someone had left a donation box filled with old dynamite, prompting the evacuation of the area and the lockdown.

Upon further inspection, the Crow Wing County Bomb squad found they were actually road flares "that very closely resembled dynamite."

"There were no injuries reported during the incident," a police spokesman said. "I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation."

Original story below

An investigation into possible explosives has a central Minnesota city locked down.

Someone made a complaint regarding explosives on the west side of the city of Park Rapids, Hubbard County said in a news release.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the call came in from someone at Linda's Recycled Goods, who raised concern about a box left at the store as a donation which contained what employees believed to be "old dynamite."

They've closed down several roads in that area, including Highway 34 from Pleasant Avenue to County Road 28, from the bus garage to the ice arena. They are reminding residents: "Please DO NOT come to the area to gawk."

Nearby schools are on lockdown as a precaution, but will be let out at normal times with emergency services keeping children away from the scene.

Authorities added they will offer updates when they can.

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