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DEVELOPING: PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Police and fire officials are blocking streets in Portsmouth, N.H., around a Greyhound bus after a man reportedly threatened he had a bomb.
The state police explosives disposal unit has responded to the threat Thursday. Police evacuated residents and buildings in the area, including a Hilton hotel where an alarm sounded. A parking garage also has been closed.
The bus had left Bangor, Maine, and was en route to New York City. It was unclear whether the bus was occupied.
Originally posted by samureyed
Holy crap im right down the road and had no idea. Someone here mentioned a ton of cops were running around and they thought a bank got robbed
Portsmouth to NYC is probably around a 5-6 hour trip
Authorities say 17 people are on a Greyhound bus being blocked by police and fire officials.
Police Capt. Mike Schwartz said someone on the bus called 911 and reported an explosive device after arrival in Portsmouth. He says police are in contact with people on the bus, but it was unclear why they remained on board.
PORTSMOUTH — A report of a possible bomb on a bus near downtown Portsmouth caused police to evacuate the Hanover Street area late Thursday morning.
At approximately 11:45 a.m. police and firefighters were on scene evacuating Hanover Street from Maplewood Avenue to Market Street, and had surrounded a Greyhound bus while watching a subject inside, according to emergency radio communications.
Police Chief Lou Ferland said police received information that there may be a subject on the bus with a bomb.
According to Portsmouth Police Cpt. Mike Schwartz, 17 people were on the bus, the driver was not on board during the response, and there has been phone contact with a passenger. Schwartz said the bus had stopped in Portsmouth during a trip from Portland, Maine, to Boston, Mass.
FBI agents arrived on scene at approximately 12:17 p.m.
Others responding to the scene included the Seacoast Emergency Response Team (SERT), the N.H. State Police bomb disposal unit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF), an Exeter Police special operations vehicle and a K-9 unit from Dover. At approximately 12:30 p.m. an armored vehicle was also en route from Rye.
As of 12:40 p.m. police had not named a suspect, and are urging people to stay away from the downtown area.
At 1 p.m. Cpt. Schwartz said police have been talking with passengers on the bus but have not asked or directed anyone to stay on the bus, and that police are not calling the scene a hostage situation. "The call (from a passenger) to us was a concern based on an observation," said the captain. "We're making the situation as safe as possible."
KEENE, N.H. (AP) ― Police in Keene say the presence of an unattended backpack in a City Hall parking garage prompted the evacuation of the building and several others nearby.
Police Lt. Darryl Madden says the backpack was spotted about 10 a.m. Tuesday in the lower deck of the garage. When no one claimed it and the owner couldn't be identified, a bomb squad was called in and the buildings evacuated. Turns out it was left there by a homeless man who was going to pay a fine in District Court and didn't want his bag inspected.
Madden says the bag, which had some beer in it, had nothing illegal in it. The man wasn't charged.
The buildings' occupants were allowed back in after about 90 minutes. Source
Sources told WBZ's Karen Anderson that a man on the bus was talking on a cell phone in what sounded like Arabic and English.
A woman apparently heard him say something about "a bomb is on the bus."
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Stupid paranoid people.
And yes, I would be saying the same thing if there actually was a bomb and somebody died. The chances of it happening are so far beyond remote it's hardly worth all of the attention it gets.
More people are dying right now in their cars than will die of these "bombs" in the next decade.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Authorities remain in a standoff with a man on a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus hours after a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board. The other 16 passengers and the driver safely got off the bus, which was parked in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. At least two sharpshooters and a bomb squad have been keeping careful watch. One sharpshooter in an armored vehicle moved close to the bus. Surrounding streets and businesses, including a hotel, have been shut down and evacuated. Police say they've established a way to communicate with the man but won't give details. They say he's wearing camouflage pants. The other passengers spent two hours on the bus before coming off one by one with their hands in the air, under police orders.