Durham Police Headquarters Evacuated During Bomb Scare
Posted April 7, 2006 9:02 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Police Department headquarters was evacuated for more than three hours Friday afternoon after a man claiming to have a bomb in his car pulled into the parking lot.
Authorities said a male in his 40s driving a white Chevrolet Cobalt pulled into a parking space in the back parking lot on West Chapel Hill Street around 12:24 p.m. The man told officers he thought someone had put a bomb in his car, and that there was a device under the passenger seat that should not be there.
Authorities said that more than 100 employees were evacuated from the headquarters building while the Durham County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and the Durham Fire Department came to the scene. A sheriff's deputy was able to look in the car and see that there was an object under the passenger seat. A bomb robot was sent to the car, but the robotic arm could not remove the device.
According to authorities, a disrupter was then placed outside the car and it was set off to dismantle the device. After examining the car, investigators determined that the device was not an explosive. The Chevrolet Cobalt sustained minor damage and nothing else was damaged during the incident.
The man, whose name is not being released, was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.