Possible bomb threat in Madison turns out to be restaurant pagers
MADISON (WKOW) – A possible bomb threat that temporarily closed a Madison street on Saturday turned out to be harmless.
According to the UW-Madison Police Department, a concerned citizen noticed a beeping sound coming from a trash can outside the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research building at 1111 Highland Ave and called police at 10:58 a.m. A UW-Madison police officer with an explosive-detecting K9 arrived on the scene. When he heard the beeping from a distance, he decided it was too dangerous to investigate and the Dane County Bomb Squad responded.
Dane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Dohnal says the officials determined that the beeping sound was harmless and was coming from three restaurant-style pagers. Where the pagers came from is unknown.
Highland Avenue was temporarily closed to traffic and bus routes.
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