Portsmouth, NH Residents Evacuated, Street & Parking Gargage Closed … Bomb Threat on Bus (Update: No Bomb on Board)


News from Portsmouth, New Hampshire …

Residents of Portsmouth, NH are being evacuated and a parking garage has been closed and streets closed as a man is reported to be claiming to have a bomb on a bus. Reports are that a suspicious device was found on a bus.


Portsmouth, NH

Police in Portsmouth, N.H., have evacuated residents and buildings after a report of a man with a bomb on a bus.

Police Chief Lou Ferland told the Portsmouth Herald on Thursday that the man threatened he had a bomb.

A parking garage has been closed.

The bus was enroute from Bangor, ME to NYC

Police said the incident involved a Greyhound bus that was en route from Bangor, Maine, to New York City. Police said the area around Hanover, High and Market streets was closed.

Greyhound said 18 passengers were on the bus, but it was not known if they were still on board.

Terrorism or a crazy person?

Portsmouth Police Investigate Bomb Threat On Bus

The state police explosives disposal unit has responded, and police evacuated residents and buildings in the area, including a Hilton hotel where an alarm sounded. The High-Hanover Street parking garage also has been closed.

Police evacuating several homes, businesses in Portsmouth, NH. (VIDEO)


The state police explosives disposal unit has responded to the threat. The driver, who police say got off the bus, is being questioned.

Portsmouth police investigate bomb threat on Boston-bound bus.

FBI agents arrived on scene at approximately 12:17 p.m.

Others responding to the scene included the Seacoast Emergency Response Team (SERT), the N.H. State Police bomb disposal unit, an Exeter Police special operations vehicle and a K-9 unit from Dover. At approximately 12:30 p.m. an armored vehicle was also en route from Rye.

As of 12:40 p.m. police had not named a suspect, and are urging people to stay away from the downtown area.

UPDATE I: Passengers exiting bus, one suspect on bus handcuffed. Passengers on a Greyhound bus have begun getting off the bus in downtown Portsmouth, NH, with their hands in the air.

UPDATE II: Authorities remain in a stand off with a passenger in Portsmouth, NH from the bus from Bangor, ME to NYC. All of the other passengers have exited the bus and have been questioned by police. At this point only one remains.

Authorities remain in a standoff with a man on a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus hours after a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board.

The other 16 passengers and the driver safely got off the bus, which was parked in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

At least two sharpshooters and a bomb squad have been keeping careful watch. One sharpshooter in an armored vehicle moved close to the bus.

Check out the pics from Lorenzo Vigil. More HERE.

Stand off continues … one passenger left on the bus being questioned by cell phone (VIDEO)

UPDATE III: Police Find No Explosives on Bus.

All’s well that ends well.

A Greyhound bus passenger was taken into police custody at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday, nine hours after a 911 call about a suspicious device on the bus crippled much of the city’s downtown.

Portsmouth Police Chief Lou Ferland said Friday morning that this was not a terrorist event, and that no bomb was found.

NH bus bomb scare a misunderstanding … Hmm. So this person only thought they heard it mentioned? Haven’t we heard this story before? How do we really know the passenger did not hear it? Just saying.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he as not authorized to speak publicly, said the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who thought she overheard the non-English speaking rider mention a bomb and called 911.

The person said the passenger is unlikely to face criminal charges. No explosives were found.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas confirmed the passenger was from Africa.

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  • Comments

    13 Responses to “Portsmouth, NH Residents Evacuated, Street & Parking Gargage Closed … Bomb Threat on Bus (Update: No Bomb on Board)”

    1. kietro on May 6th, 2010 12:12 pm

      Okay, so Contessa is on the Tee-Vee right now fumbling for words because she is absolutely “shocked” (as she’s saying repeatedly) that a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, Maine, which may have a bomb on it, hasn’t been evacuated. She has *very little* information to report, but she does say that the alleged would-be bomber is on the bus. If so, it stands to reason that this could be a sensitive hostage situation, in which case a swift evacuation may not be wise or possible. But this doesn’t seem to occur to Brewer at all. I imagine there are many variables that could delay law enforcement’s decision not to evacuate at this point. I assume MSNBC is trying to get more details, but in the meantime, I guess their strategy is to fill air time with Contessa gasping and stuttering about the “unbelievable” fact that there are still people on the bus.

    2. Rusty Bridges on May 6th, 2010 12:34 pm

      She will be non-shocked I’m sure if it is a “white” guy, then she will say “I knew this would happen!”

    3. Scott on May 6th, 2010 12:35 pm

      Contessa Brewer needs her hole stuffed so to speak. I’m sure she’s hoping it’s a white tea partier; she will be disappointed.

      I hate her and hope she catches VD.

    4. Scott on May 6th, 2010 12:41 pm

      BTW…DOW down another 135 points today.

      I believe that’s biggest drop since Nov 2008 and may be creeping towards that record; the day McCain lost the Presidency because the buffoon in there now promised JOBS – zippy done and a better econonmy – eh WRONG!

      Someone needs to call this guy on the carpet for this!

    5. Scared Monkeys on May 6th, 2010 12:52 pm

      #3, its New England … they have about 1% minorities overall, I would be shocked if it was not a white person.

      Kind of reminds me of the movie Traitor with Don Cheedle.

    6. Scott on May 6th, 2010 1:09 pm

      Isn’t it amazing that in New England it is more white than any other area and yet they are by a vast majority tons of bleeding liberals there. Many black pro athletes who come to play in Boston talk about the “racism” that is evident in the New England area; Manny has talked about; Ortiz; Garnett; Pierce; Randy Moss, etc…

      Yet they aren’t racists because they are liberals?


    7. Scott on May 6th, 2010 1:29 pm

      DOW down over another 230 points now.

      SM: are you posting a story about the students who were made to take off their OLD NAVY American Flag shirts in the US on the MEXICAN holiday cinco de mayo?

      What an outrage!

    8. Scott on May 6th, 2010 1:41 pm

      DOW now down over 300 points; over 700 points since April 26th.

      I don’t think this looks so good.

      People are shizzing in their pants.

    9. Scott on May 6th, 2010 1:47 pm

      Holy ShiZ – now over 660 points down.

      They raked McCain over the coals for this during the campaign when it fell less than this….

      Dow has droppped over 1000 points in a week.


    10. Buster on May 6th, 2010 6:31 pm

      It looks like Cuntessa got her wish !!!

    11. super dave on May 7th, 2010 9:46 am

      this is just the beginning. there could be more than 100,000 suicide bombers here now just waiting
      for the word.
      if you notice when Bush was president, this was not that big of a problem where suicide bombers
      took to the streets.
      since obama took office it seems that there is a
      greater chance that this kind of thing will be commonplace here. he’s weak and incapable of
      running this country.

    12. Rusty Bridges on May 7th, 2010 12:27 pm

      If there was no bomb or bomb threat, why the stand off? Why didn’t everybody just get off the bus? I’m confused, who was the one controlling the situation?

    13. IDIOTS: Two Passengers Arrested in Portsmouth, NH Bus Bomb Threat | Scared Monkeys on May 7th, 2010 1:54 pm

      [...] passengers have been arrested following the Portsmouth, NH bus bomb threat that took place yesterday. However, its not what you think.It was not the man who was overheard by [...]

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