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Man arrested in Williston airport bomb scare

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 10:54 am •  Published: August 15, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man is under arrest after a suspicious device in his possession forced the closure of Williston's airport for several hours.

Williston police say the 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges of terrorizing and physical obstruction of government functions. It was not immediately clear if he had been formally charged.

Detective Amy Nickoloff said Transportation Security Administration employees found a laptop with protruding wires and duct tape in the man's possession and that he was uncooperative.

The suspicious device forced the closure of Sloulin Field International Airport for about four hours Thursday afternoon. A bomb squad from Minot was called in and eventually determined the device was not a bomb.

Nickoloff said the suspect was traveling to Texas, via Minneapolis.

Sloulin Field International Airport manager Steven Kjergaard said the airport sees eight commercial flights and about 250 to 300 enplanements every day. He added that this is the first suspicious device at the airport he knows of.

Kjergaard said incoming flights were rerouted to airports in Minot and Dickinson, both about two hour drives from Williston.

Williston's Transportation Security Administration office did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.