Backpack causes bomb scare at Ohio State Fair

8:48 AM, Jul 28, 2011   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  An abandoned item at the Ohio State Fair led authorities to close the Skyway ride and a section of the fair on its opening day.

 Multiple media outlets report that the Columbus fire department bomb squad was called in Wednesday afternoon to detonate the package, a soft-sided cooler. It was found to contain water bottles and food bars.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pushed crowds back from the area and called out "fire in the hole" before firefighters used a device called a disruptor to detonate the cooler.

A disruptor uses a burst of air or water to open packages and sounds like a firecracker exploding.

The Associated Press

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