Fairbanks Police evacuate area near Moore Street over suspected explosive device
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - An area covering several blocks around Moore Street in Fairbanks was closed off on the morning of Thursday, May 25, as the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) investigated a possible explosive device.
At 8:07 a.m., an employee of the Tanana Chiefs Conference Sobering Center reported what looked like a bomb in a client’s backpack, complete with sticks labeled “dynamite” and attached timers.
Residents were urged to evacuate if they were within a quarter mile of the area.
Connecting streets were barricaded as far away as Wilbur Street.
The police determined that the contents of the backpack did not include a real explosive device.
The client carrying the device had not made any threats and was asleep when the call was made. The evacuation was lifted at 10:40 a.m.
In March, FPD stopped using Nixle to send out alerts, using instead a new system called Fairbanks Safety Alerts.
This system allows alerts to be sent to users’ phones and email addresses.
More information and access to sign up for alerts can be found here.
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