Inert explosive device slows Fairbanks traffic

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Traffic in north Fairbanks slowed down after the discovery of an inert explosive training aid used by the Air Force.

Fairbanks police were called to the Home Depot parking lot just before 2 p.m. Friday after three sergeants from Eielson Air Force Base spotted the device on the front bumper of their vehicle.

Portions of the Johansen Expressway and the Old Steese Highway were closed for two hours as the base's explosive disposal unit was called to the scene. The unit immediately determined the device was inert.

Shoppers at Home Depot and the nearby Wal-Mart reportedly were asked to stay inside the stores while authorities dealt with the suspicious object.

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