BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a bomb hoax at a Montana television station (all times local):
Law enforcement officials have located a man who left a suspicious device outside a Montana television station, prompting a response from the bomb squad.
Billings police say the 40-year-old man suffers from mental health issues and the suspected explosive was a homemade light saber. Officers took the man to Billings Clinic for treatment.
Lt. Brandon Wooley says no charges will be filed.
The KTVQ news director said he called police Monday because one of the items was wrapped in electrical tape and had wires and what appeared to be batteries and a timer. The bomb squad destroyed it and a plastic tote with a blast of high pressure water.
The man said he left the items at the station because there were cameras there and felt they would be safe. Police say he was the victim of a recent theft.
A plastic tote and a device made to look like a bomb were blown apart outside a Montana television station hours after a man left them with little explanation.
Billings police Sgt. Jason Gartner tells The Billings Gazette he thinks the items were intended to cause alarm. The incident happened Monday, the same day a Florida man was charged with mailing pipe bombs to Democratic politicians and critics of President Donald Trump.
KTVQ-TV reports News Director Jon Stepanek said the man told him “this is for you” and walked away. Stepanek said the device was wrapped in electrical tape and had wires and what looked like batteries and a timer so he called police.
The bomb squad used a water shot to destroy the items. The station aired its nightly newscasts. No arrests have been made.
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