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Bomb scare in downtown Marquette

Nicole Walton

MARQUETTE, MI--   A bomb scare at the post office/federal courthouse in Marquette prompted the evacuation of the 200 block of Washington Street Tuesday morning.

Det. Capt. Greg Kinonen of the Marquette Police Department says around 9:55 a.m. federal marshals found a suspicious device on top of a FedEx box as they did a perimeter check around the building. Officers evacuated businesses, blocked traffic and cordoned off the area.

With the help of the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad in Grayling, officers identified the device as a document holder for a pickup truck. A bomb-sniffing dog verified there were no explosives in it, and police found only documents inside.

Kinonen says law enforcement must take suspicious objects seriously.

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Det. Capt. Gregory Kinonen

“Once we have some sort of threat like this, we’re going to treat it as such. We don’t want to take chances with it being, you know, with it actually being a bomb. So, I mean, we have to make sure.”   

The bomb-sniffing K-9 was led through the federal courthouse just to make sure everything was safe.

Businesses on the 200 block were allowed to reopen shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.