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A metro-east mall will reopen Friday morning after a bomb scare closed it early Thursday afternoon.
Fairview Heights Police say a little before 4:00 p.m. they received a call from someone who said they had planted several explosive devices inside St. Clair Square. Police notified mall officials and the building was quickly evacuated.
Fairview Heights police, U.S. Marshals, St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies, Illinois State Police and bomb units from Scott Air Force Base spent about five hours searching the mall and all 144 shops using bomb sniffing dogs, but found nothing. The all clear was sounded about 8:30 Thursday night.
Police have now shifted their focus to find the person who made the bomb threat. Anyone with information is urged to call Fairview Heights Police.
A suspect is in custody after a bomb scare in Shiloh, Illinois Thursday afternoon.
FBI officials say they learned of a bomb threat about 2:00 p.m.
Special Agents and Bomb Technicians from the FBI, the Illinois State Police Hazardous Device Unit and the Shiloh Police responded to a home in the first block of Twin Oaks Drive.
Several nearby homes were evacuated while bomb technicians used a robotic device to locate, identify, and disarm potential explosive devices inside the home.
The suspect's identity hasn't been released. The FBI continues to investigate.
Parents of students in one Jefferson County school district can expect a letter after a tense incident Tuesday morning.
The bomb and arson team was called to House Springs Elementary after a suspicious was found near the school. Investigators determined the package was a bundle of sparklers. The superintendent of Northwest R-1 District plans to send a letter to parents about the incident.
St. Louis County Police say a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of about 30 Spanish Lake residents Tuesday afternoon was a false alarm.
It began about 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Twillman Avenue.
Investigators say family members had been going through the belongings of an elderly man who'd recently died when they came upon a box marked 1954. The relatives had already found blasting caps nearby and they initially thought the pipes and other materials in the box were old explosives. So they called police.
The County's Bomb and Arson Squad was called in and an area of about 300 yards around the home was evacuated.
The elderly gentleman had been a pilot and it turned out the box contained old aircraft parts and not explosives.
The St. Louis City police bomb and arson squad was called to the downtown plaza just after 6:00 pm because of a suspicious backpack. Police sealed off the area around 7th street and Market along with 8th and Chestnut as a precaution.
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A search of the backpack, revealed that it contained only clothes.