FBI Spokesperson Says Public is Safe in Downtown Portsmouth, NH After Bomb Scare
A spokesperson for the FBI said on Thursday that there is no threat to the public after the NH State Police Bomb Squad determined that two suspicious devices found in downtown Portsmouth were not explosives.
State and local police officials asked the public to stay away from the area of the Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building on Thursday afternoon as they investigated two suspicious items.
The building is located at 80 Daniel Street in downtown Portsmouth.
Just after 3:30 p.m., Portsmouth police officials Tweeted out this warning to the community.
Lt. Jon Aubin confirmed the incident at 4 p.m. and said the NH State Police Bomb Squad was on the scene with Portsmouth police officers.
The fire department was also there.
Aubin said Portsmouth police were originally called to the federal building at 2 p.m. There were some federal workers who were evacuated from the building.
Kristen Setera, spokesperson for the FBI, said at 4:50 p.m. that they determined there was no danger.
"There is no current or pending threat to public safety," Setera said.
Setera said the incident serves as a good reminder to the public to report suspicious items.
Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.
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