Police search 2 Greyhound buses at travel plaza after bomb threat

July 23, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

City police searched two Greyhound buses at the Baltimore Travel Plaza in the 5600 block of O'Donnell St. last night, looking for an explosive device that an anonymous caller said was aboard one of the vehicles.

One bus was headed for Atlanta, where the Olympic Games are being held, and the other for Richmond, Va.

No bomb or any other explosive device had been found during a search that began about 5: 20 p.m. and was continuing late last night, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold, a police spokesman.

"After what happened to TWA Flight 800, we're not taking any chances," said a Southeastern District police officer.

It's believed the anonymous call originated in New York, where the buses left yesterday morning.

Immediately after the buses arrived from the Port Authority bus station in New York City about 5: 20 p.m., an unknown number of passengers were escorted into the travel plaza terminal while their luggage and personal property were thoroughly searched.

Members of the Baltimore police bomb squad were assisted by a robot equipped with an X-ray machine.

Nothing harmful was found.

Weinhold said the buses and passengers were expected to be back on the road early today.

Pub Date: 7/23/96

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