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Man questioned after suspicious item found at Westminster apts.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster police have detained a man after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of five buildings and a partial shutdown of Federal Boulevard Friday afternoon.

The scare happened at the Village of Greenbriar, near 82nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard, when a woman called authorities around 8 a.m. to say a friend of hers, a man, was staying with her and she believed she saw a pipe bomb in his possession, said Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

Westminster police evacuated the woman’s apartment building, No. 19, and called in the Adams County bomb squad.

The bomb squad used a robot to examine the item and determined the evacuation should be expanded to surrounding buildings, Materasso said.

The man was found by police driving a white Honda Odyssey van near 81st Avenue and was questioned by police.

Police then evacuated additional homes in the Cobblestone Village complex and a business near that intersection, Materasso said.

“The bomb squad determined the items in the apartment were not a bomb and most residents were allowed to return home,” Materasso said.

The bomb squad used the robot to examine the man’s car and removed a “suspicious” bag from it. “A water cannon on the robot was used to make sure no explosive device was inside the bag,” Materasso said.

Around 3:45 police determined there was no bomb, and lifted all evacuations, and reopened Federal Boulevard.

Metz Elementary and Ranum Middle School were placed on “lockout” as a precaution due to their proximity to the apartment. A lockout means no one is allowed to enter the school, but classes resume as normal.

Materasso said the man, who has not been named, was detained by police.

“Certain items found may not be illegal, but police are concerned due to the individual’s criminal history involving explosives,” Materasso said.