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FAYETTEVILLE — Much of Fayettevillecame to a standstill Monday after military police found a note in a former soldier'scar that said bombs would go off at 10 a.m. in three different locations. 

A Waffle House restaurant, the Ponderosa shopping center and the Eutawshopping center were closed around 3 a.m. Monday. All three areas were inspected, and no explosive deviceswere found. 

Police began searching for explosive devices about 1:40 a.m. Mondayafter finding a soldier sleeping in a car on Pike Field at Fort Bragg.Inside the car were 350 rounds of ammunition, an assault-type rifle anda note stating that he had planted explosives in three locations, and thatthey would go off at 10 a.m. The note did not give a date. 

The threats caused traffic woes for morning commuters and business ownersalong Raeford Road, Skibo Road and Bragg Boulevard. Police blocked intersectionsand searched for explosives. But after several hours, authorities foundno explosives and reopened traffic to the affected areas. Students' arrivalat three public schools were delayed by the traffic tie-ups, which broughttraffic to a standstill along heavily traveled roads. 

Police are questioning an unidentified soldier in connection with thethreats. No charges had been filed as of noon Monday. 

 

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