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West Side streets closed after bomb scare

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police closed several streets on the West Side this morning after a suspicious car in a parking lot lead to a bomb scare investigation.

Employees at the One Main Financial Building in the 200 block of Virginia Street West called police after noticing a vehicle that had a "suspicious" sign in it, said Charleston Sgt. A. Colagrasso.

"The employee indicated there might be some sort of device inside but they weren't sure if it was a booby trap or practical joke or something," he said.

Charleston Officers responded to the scene but after reading the note inside the vehicle - which Colagrasso said could be 'sinister' -- thought it would be best to call the Kanawha County Bomb Squad for further investigation.

"In the interest of safety for the officers and the general public, we decide to err on the side of caution and call out the bomb squad," Colagrasso said.

Kanawha County technicians and the bomb squad dogs searched the area, but gave the 'all-clear' shortly after arriving on scene.

Colagrasso said they have not been able to locate the owner of the vehicle and he was not sure if any charges would be brought against the owner.

Police notified the building manager about the issue, but he did not know if people were evacuated in connection to the incident.

Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathryng@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.


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