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Bad joke prompts Alaska airport evacuation

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who prompted an evacuation of the main terminal at Anchorage's largest airport by making comments about a bomb, which he later said were jokes, has been charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Peter Friesema (FREEZE'-em-uh) was arrested early Sunday by police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Airport manager John Parrott says Friesema was jailed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex with bail set at $5,000.

The evacuation happened early Sunday a little after midnight. The terminal was reopened about three hours later after it became clear there was no threat.