One detained for bomb threat at Midway Travel Plaza

11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 11:58:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
By: By Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter and Jack Lee, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - One person was detained in connection to a threat made at the Midway Travel Plaza on Highway 40, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department. 

The Boone County Sheriff's Department responded to a call at 8:08 a.m. in response to a trespassing call. According to the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the man attempted to start a fire near gas pumps and was told to leave. 

The man told the deputies he had an explosive device in a backpack. When authorities arrived, they tried to get the man to walk away from the backpack, but he refused. Authorities fired a beanbag round at the man to detain him. He taken to a hospital to be evaluated. 

The Columbia Fire Department Bomb Squad searched the backpack but did not find any explosives. 

This story is ongoing and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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