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Bomb scare at Ohio mall

Dec. 23, 2011 @ 07:30 PM

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a bomb scare that closed part of an eastern Ohio shopping mall for hours was caused by a busted cell phone being mailed back to the company.

Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson tells multiple media outlets a maintenance worker heard a beeping or ticking Thursday morning coming from a mailbox outside the Ohio Valley Mall.

Authorities were summoned, including a bomb squad that had to come from Columbus, about 110 miles west of the mall in St. Clairsville.

A section of the mall was off limits at least five hours.

The bomb squad opened the mailbox and found the package making the sound. Thompson says it was the phone. He says the beeping was because the owner left in the battery and it was getting low.
 

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