Faribault Police had a feeling the bomb threat received by Braden Law Office in Faribault was not real but they had a bomb sniffing dog check the building anyway.  The bomb expert came from the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport and by the time it arrived authorities had already reopened 2nd Avenue Northwest which goes right by the law office.  They also reopened Ace Hardware next door which had been evacuated.

A handful of Faribault Police Department vehicles were at the scene, North Ambulance was on standby and the Faribault Fire Department.  Faribault Police told KDHL/POWER 96 they allowed people back into Ace Hardware and reopened the street because there were similar bomb threats popping up all over the country.  They still had the dog go through the building just to be safe and no bomb was detected by the dog.

Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen said Faribault Police and Fire were dispatched to the Braden Law Office at 415 2nd Avenue Northwest, "When we got here employees had self-evacuated.  The threat was pretty specific as far as a small device in the building but it was not particularly addressed to one person or to a specific business.  We are receiving information these email threats may have gone to multiple places, but we're still treating it as real."

Chief Bohlen added one of the first things his department has to determine is, "How credible the threat is.  Usually someone has a particular grievance with someone and they mention people by name, mention a business by name.  This isn't the case here.  It's pretty generic.  But it came to a business owner's email and we're going to treat it real until we verify that nothing is in the building and there's no safety issues."

Faribault Police Block Off Street Following Bomb Threat. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Braden Law Office Faribault. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld