Reno traffic counter spurs bomb scare, closes road
RENO (AP) – A mechanical traffic counter in Reno had nothing to count for nearly two hours after police closed down the road for fear the metal box with wires sticking out might be a bomb.
Reno police dispatched the bomb squad to the area west of the downtown casino district about 6 p.m. on Monday after a report about a young man with a suspicious box.
Sgt. Walt Frazier says they found the man, who told them he thought it was a battery jumper but that when he tried to pick it up, it was bolted to the ground.
The man said he determined it was a traffic counting device. After closing down four blocks of traffic for about 90 minutes, the bomb unit confirmed he was right.
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