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Airport reopened after bomb neutralized

Friday, April 19, 2013 ~ Updated 7:20 AM

McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport was reopened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after the Nebraska State Patrol neutralized an explosive device containing a live shotgun shell and metal objects.

A person of interest has been identified in connection with the incident and more information will be released when it becomes available, according to McCook Police Chief Ike Brown.

The Nebraska State Patrol and FBI are assisting the McCook Police Department in investigating the incident, which began when a suspicious package was reported by Transportation Security Agency employees at about 9:35 a.m. Thursday.

The item was found along the south exterior wall of the building occupied by TSA personnel at the airport.

It was identified as a Cool Whip container with two wires protruding from the lid.

McCook police established a perimeter a safe distance from the device, evacuated nearby buildings and called in McCook Fire Department to stage fire and rescue equipment at the airport, which was closed while the device was rendered safe.

The device was neutralized by NSP explosive ordinance personnel at about 1:45 p.m. McCook police detectives collected evidence from the scene for analysis and comparison purposes.

The airport was reopened after the buildings and operations area were found to be clear of other threats to safety. There were no injuries and no damage to property as a result of the incident.

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