Police search for explosives after man on bath salts makes statements about ‘everyone blowing up’

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, at 8:51 p.m.

BRIDGEWATER, Maine — The Maine State Police, along with deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Border Patrol agents, converged on the Bridgewater Gulf station Wednesday evening after receiving a report that a man inside the store made statements about “everyone blowing up.”

When they arrived, police took a 30-year-old man into custody, Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said Wednesday night in a news release.

After further investigation, the man admitted to being under the influence of bath salts, Haines said. The man was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

A Maine State Police bomb technician and his K-9 were called to the store to ensure it was safe, Haines said. No explosives were found in the store or in the man’s vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office for potential charges. The store was closed for approximately two hours during the investigation.