Bomb threat, a false alarm

A bomb threat in Red Lodge last Wednesday night was a false alarm said Red Lodge Police Chief Richard Pringle. The incident started when city police officers approached a van that had parked in the middle of Airport Road near Highway 78 and had turned off all its lights.

A person in the van told officers they should get away because they had a bomb. Both Red Lodge and Roberts Fire Departments sealed off the area. Roberts fire vehicles closed the highway from the bottom of Brewery Hill to the rodeo ground entrance while Red Lodge fire sealed off all intersections from Word, Lazy M and the Airport.

The bomb squad from Billings was called and gave instructions on how to approach the situation. A walk-through by the emergency services confirmed there was no bomb. The investigation is still ongoing.