Man in custody after bomb squad investigates suspicious vehicle at Honeywell plant in Metropolis
UPDATE (7:57 p.m.) - From Honeywell official Peter Dalpe:
"Law enforcement and plant personnel have finished an inspection of the plant and found no evidence of any explosive devices. The plant will return to normal operation tonight."
UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) - The Massac County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the man in custody. The man has been identified is Thomas Clark, 61, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky.
Clark was transported to the Massac County Sheriff's Office and charged with disorderly conduct (making a bomb threat). He's being held without bond.
Local 6 has also received word from Honeywell's Peter Dalpe. Dalpe says law enforcement officials at the facility have notified plant management that non-essential personnel can leave. Essential personnel will remain on site to assist law enforcement with the investigation.
METROPOLIS, Ill. - The "all clear" has been given at the Honeywell plant in Metropolis, Illinois. This, after the bomb squad wrapped up an investigation surrounding a suspicious vehicle and man at the facility.
METROPOLIS, Ill. - A bomb squad is investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle at the Honeywell plant in Metropolis, Illinois.
The Massac County Sheriff's Department says the investigation has US 45 shut down for 1/2 mile in each direction from the plant. It is not yet known when the road will reopen.
Peter Dalpe with Honeywell says security personnel at the plant received a report of an explosive device at the facility. According to Dalpe, law enforcement was immediately notified, along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.
Dalpe adds that employees at the plant followed emergency protocols, including relocating to designated areas.
The president of USW Local 7-669, Stephen Lech, released a statement concerning the bomb threat at the Honeywell plant. It reads:
The investigation is ongoing and no further details have been released. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.