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Williston airport opens after device investigation

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014
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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williston airport has been reopened after being shut for several hours while authorities investigated an unidentified device in the terminal, and frustrated passengers waited to hear whether their flights would be rescheduled.

Williston police Lt. David Belisle said a "suspicious" device was found at Sloulin Field International Airport about 3:15 p.m. Thursday. The airport was evacuated, and a bomb squad from Minot was called in. Williston police said later Thursday that the situation was cleared without incident and authorities left the scene around 7.30 p.m. An airport employee said it reopened about 8 p.m.

Sloulin Field has a single small terminal, which handles about a dozen daily commercial arrivals and departures. It has seen its number of departing passengers grow from 8,500 in 2007 to 186,000 in 2013.