COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A bomb scare at a hardware store in Columbia City caused businesses to be evacuated for a couple hours.
Police did not find a bomb, however officers say they did find materials that would allow someone to make a bomb.
Around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon, Columbia City Police were called to the Ace Hardware at 200 Diplomat Drive for a possible drug investigation concerning a one-pot meth lab.
When police arrived they found two female suspects. Police say they were able to arrest one for possession of meth, the other managed to escape the scene. After arresting the suspect, police were able to obtain a search warrant.
While searching the car, Columbia City Police found what appeared to be "bomb-making materials,” along with materials to make meth in the trunk of the suspect's car.
The hardware store and surrounding businesses were evacuated, and police immediately called the Fort Wayne Bomb Squad, a unit within FWPD, for assistance.
“Once the Fort Wayne City Police started dissecting the trunk and started extracting the articles out of the vehicle, we determined then that there was no more of a threat,” said Cpt. Anthony Hively with Columbia City Police.
Cpt. Hively says he isn’t sure what the suspects were planning to do with the “bomb materials,” but they believe they are part of a larger operation.
“To tell you how big this is going to be, I don’t know at this time,” said Cpt. Hively. “We’re not going to stop here. This is probably going to involve several jurisdictions at this point.”
Columbia City Police are still investigating the incident along with Whitley County Sheriffs. No one was hurt or injured in the incident.
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