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Former Soldier Questioned in Connection with...

Posted October 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

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

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

Police began searching for explosive devices about 1:40 a.m. Monday after 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 and a note stating that he had planted explosives in three locations, and that they would go off at 10 a.m. The note did not give a date. 

The threats caused traffic woes for morning commuters and business owners along Raeford Road, Skibo Road and Bragg Boulevard. Police blocked intersections and searched for explosives. But after several hours, authorities found no explosives and reopened traffic to the affected areas. Students' arrival at three public schools were delayed by the traffic tie-ups, which brought traffic to a standstill along heavily traveled roads. 

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