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UPDATE: Battery Cause of Explosion Scare at Columbus Police HQ
COLUMBUS -- A battery exploding in the lobby of Columbus Division of Police Headquarters prompted a massive evacuation Tuesday evening.
The battery was being charged in the corner of the lobby by construction crews doing work outside the front entrance. The loud blast startled the officer working the front desk and several workers on the floor above. They reported an explosion which prompted the massive police and firefighter response.
The reports first came in about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The building was immediately put on lock down and roads were blocked off. Investigators went through the building floor-by-floor to search for the cause.
About 8:30 p.m., the building was evacuated and the people inside were put onto buses. The explosion was quickly ruled out as an act of terrorism.
Officers said the massive response served as a good exercise in case the police headquarters were to ever be targeted by terrorists.
Source: ABC 6
Possible Explosion at Columbus Police Headquarters
COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Police Department says officers felt the building shake and a loud noise was heard outside.
The SWAT team is gearing up to check the area.
During a news conference, Sgt. Rich Weiner said patrol officers felt the building shake before hearing a loud noise outside. There were also some initial reports of the smell of gunpowder.
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There are still no reported injuries.
Roads near the vicinity remain closed.
COLUMBUS -- Officers are investigating reports of a possible explosion at the Columbus Division of Police Headquarters.
A worker reported smelling gunpowder just before a loud "bang" was heard inside the building at 120 Marconi St. at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
Officers are checking the building, floor-by-floor, to determine the cause of the noise. Police closed surrounding streets while the building is being searched. Injury information has not been released.
The AP reports there are no injuries at this time. They also say the explosion has not affected the department's 911 and non-emergency lines.
The dispatcher says the department did not receive any threats in connection with the explosion.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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