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Dubuque City Hall Evacuated for Bomb Threat

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    April 25, 2014 | 8:49 am
    DUBUQUE, Iowa - One man's bomb threat closed down the entire city hall in Dubuque and blocked traffic for almost four hours today.

    A bomb squad discovered there was not anything explosive inside a suitcase left in front of city hall.

    Langsy Souttathamamma, 68, now faces a charge of felony false report.

    Police say he claimed he had a bomb inside a suitcase.

    That caused police to shut down four blocks around the downtown Dubuque building, and evacuate several surrounding businesses.

    Two teenagers told police they saw Souttathamma carrying two black suitcases here in front of city hall. He then made mention of some sort of an explosive device inside the bags.

    Police started blocking off the streets surrounding city hall around 3:30. Officers evacuated everyone working inside city hall and the neighboring businesses.

    Dubuque Police asked the Quad Cities Bomb Squad for help.

    That crew arrived at the scene just after 6:15.

    Authorities kept everyone several hundred feet away while the bomb team searched the bags. Officers say they found personal items inside the bag, but nothing suspicious or explosive.

    Lt. Scott Baxter said, "The amount of resources that goes into something like this is immense. The cost to the tax-payers is immense and unfortunate. I guess that's why it's a class D felony."

    Lt. Baxter says Souttathamma is charged with a false report because he made the report to someone else who then reported it to police.

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