Bomb squad blows up backpack left at Federal Center after threat

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Bomb squad members blew up a backpack left in front of the Federal Center on Monday. A woman claimed there was a bomb inside it, the Transportation Security Administration said.

A TSA spokesman said the woman parked her vehicle in the parking lot of a Lowe’s Home Improvement store, then dropped off the backpack at Gate 1 of the Federal Center.

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office checked the vehicle and found nothing inside it. The woman, who has not been identified, is being questioned at the Lakewood Police Department.

Southbound Kipling Street was closed between Sixth Avenue and Alameda Avenue after the backpack was found.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s bomb squad and West Metro Fire responded to the center. Gates 1 and 2 were closed until the area was cleared.

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