Portland police investigating bomb threat at Occupy Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 12, 2011, at 4:55 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Local authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was allegedly directed at Occupy Maine protesters, police said Monday.

Portland police Lt. Gary Rogers told the Bangor Daily News that officers garnered information at 9:30 a.m. Monday that a Westbrook man claimed to have a bomb in the area of Lincoln Park.

The man didn’t specify the location or size of the bomb or when it would detonate, Rogers said in an email.

The area of Lincoln Park was searched by bomb-sniffing dogs, but nothing suspicious was found.

Occupy Maine members were asked to vacate their tents while the area was searched, according to Rogers. The Central Fire Station, federal courthouse and Cumberland County Courthouse, located on surrounding streets, also were searched.

Police still are investigating the incident, Rogers said. No arrests have been made, but a suspect has been identified. Authorities in Westbrook and Bath are assisting in the investigation.

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