Bomb Scare Stops Bus In Columbia

8 years 4 days 4 hours ago Tuesday, December 07 2010 Dec 7, 2010 Tuesday, December 07, 2010 8:49:58 PM CST December 07, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police closed down Rangeline Road Tuesday to investigate a bomb threat on a Greyhound bus. The bus was traveling from St. Louis to Kansas City and stopped in Columbia after passengers reported the threat to the bus driver. The bomb squad conducted a full search of the bus before the area opened back up to traffic.

Two bomb techs along with a robot searched the bus and the passengers luggage. Police found no explosive devices on the bus.

Police said the search took so long because they have to look through everything and be extremely careful when dealing with possible explosives. "There's quite a bit of luggage on the bus, so each piece has to be examined and looked at before it can be loaded back on the bus and that's a very meticulous, tedious  process, but it's something that we have to do slow just for safety sake," said Columbia Police Officer Jill Wieneke.

Passengers were escorted off the bus and moved into a nearby building during the search. "We got everyone off the bus and into Wilson's Fitness where it is a lot warmer than it is outside. While those folks were in there officers were able to talk to them inside and try to find out what statements were being made and what exactly was going on the bus," said Wieneke.

Passengers were later taken to the Greyhound Station off Big Bear Boulevard where they got on an alternative bus to Kansas City.

Police questioned the 44 year old suspect, and then took him to the hospital. No arrest has been made.


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