Threat forces police station, nearby businesses to evacuate

HOWARD COUNTY - A Howard County police station and nearby businesses were evacuated Sunday after a man walked into the building claiming to have planted explosives.

"We take all threats very seriously. Anytime that any of our officers or our personnel are threatened, we take that very seriously," said Mary T. Phelan, Public Information Officer with the Howard County Police Department.

Neon 'open' signs lit up storefronts Sunday night, but the deserted parking lot told a much different story.

"The police informed me that there was a police matter going on and that everything was shut down in the center," said a man who goes by Walter. He opened the sports bar in the shopping center behind the police station eight years ago. He reopened shop around 8:00 Sunday evening, after the scene was cleared.

"This is a pretty quiet area, its a nice area. It's very rare that anything really happens here, so whatever went down, I'm glad that they were able to get it squared away," he said.

Howard County emergency crews set up shop just blocks from the station, a mobile location allowing them to investigate the threat made against their department.

"We want to stress that there is no threat to the public. We are just going through the steps to check these various locations are cleared," Phelan said.

Police wrapped up the search Sunday evening and said no explosives were found.

"I am very shocked. But there is a little sense of ease or comfort knowing that the police department is right behind us," Walter said.

Police have not yet released the name or age of the suspect.




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