Forty evacuated because of bomb scare
The device was not an explosive agent, police seek information
February 19, 2021
In the afternoon hours of Friday, Feb. 19, bomb squad personnel responded to a suspicious device on the 3200 block of Ditchbank Road in Perch Lake Township. After careful examination, it was determined that the device was not an explosive agent.
During the incident, 40 residences were evacuated within a half-mile radius of the device. A temporary shelter was set up and available for the people that were evacuated. Law Enforcement transported anyone that needed a ride. At this time, anyone that was evacuated may return to their homes.
Law enforcement partners, both regional and federal, have been called in to assist in the investigation. Investigators are following up on a number of leads generated at the scene.
State Statutes and Federal Regulations address the placement of replica devices to cause fear or panic. "We will push for the maximum charging and penalties for everyone involved in these types of crimes," Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may be submitted electronically at http://www.CrimeStoppersMN.org. All Tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a financial reward.