Update: Nothing suspicious found, passenger taken to hospital
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:01:15 GMT —
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Search crews did not find anything suspicious in the bags or cargo on the bus.
Crews took the 44-year-old passenger to the hospital. Law enforcement did not arrest anyone.
Police reopened the area to traffic.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 1:04 p.m.
The hazmat team and bomb squad are finishing looking through luggage.
Police will open the roads in the area within the next half hour said Columbia Police Spokesperson Jill Wieneke.
Police are still in the process of questioning the passenger who threatened to blow things up.
Other passengers are on a different bus, waiting for their luggage after it is inspected by police.
Columbia Police Department is investigating a possible bomb threat.
A passenger on a Greyhound Bus, traveling from St. Louis to Kansas City, was making comments about terrorism and blowing things up. Other passengers on the bus felt uncomfortable and told the bus driver.
The bus driver called the police around 9:43 a.m. and headed to a scheduled stop at the Greyhound station on Big Bear Road. Police stopped the bus on Range Line between Blue Ridge and Big Bear to evacuate the bus and detain the passenger.
The passenger is being held in a patrol car while he is being questioned. Other passengers were taken into Wilson TMs Fitness Center so they could be warm.
A hazmat team and a bomb squad tech are at the scene searching luggage with x-ray.
Columbia Police spokesperson Jill Wieneke said the area will be blocked off for a couple of hours.
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