DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Police here have interviewed juvenile and adult suspects in a bomb scare Thursday morning that prompted them to block off a street and put a nearby school on alert.
A city worker found an object that looked like a bomb taped to a utility pole at People's Park, just south of Rossman Elementary School and northwest of Zorbaz, and called police at 8:23 a.m.
The object was a cellphone with wires connected to a package.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said the people who left it “definitely wanted us to think it was a bomb.
A news release from Eggebraaten late Thursday said the department has identified and interviewed the primary individuals responsible for making the device and for displaying the device in the park. Some of the suspects are juveniles and some are adults, Eggebraaten said.
Because it is not believed the individuals are an immediate threat to the general public, they were released after giving voluntary statements.
Eggebraaten said reports will be sent to the Becker County Attorney’s Office and possibly the Detroit Lakes City Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
Police called in the Red River Valley Regional Bomb Squad, which used two robots to observe the package and fire a projectile at it. The all-clear was given at 12:45 p.m. The bomb squad is made up of law enforcement agents in Cass and Clay counties.
Several other local and federal agencies were involved, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.