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Report Of Suspicious Device On Bus Closes Portsmouth Streets
WMUR.com ^ | 6 May 2010

Posted on 05/06/2010 10:33:18 AM PDT by OCCASparky

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Portsmouth Bus Incident Several streets in Portsmouth have been blocked off after a report of a suspicious device on a bus.

Police said the incident involved a Greyhound bus that was en route from Portland, Maine, to New York. A 911 call was received at about 11:15 a.m. from someone on the bus reporting a possible suspicious device.

Police said the area around Hanover, High and Market streets was closed.

News 9 reported that 17 passengers were still on the bus, but the bus driver had left the bus. There have been reports of a possible hostage situation, but Portsmouth Capt. Mike Schwartz said he wasn't sure why the passengers hadn't left the bus.

A SWAT team was also at the scene, and several businesses in the area were evacuated. The FAA also instituted a 3-mile no-fly zone around the area.

(Excerpt) Read more at wmur.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: bus; device; newhampshire; portsmouth; report; streets; suspicious
Hopefully this is just a hoax or false alarm.
1 posted on 05/06/2010 10:33:19 AM PDT by OCCASparky
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To: Little Bill; OCCASparky; mvpel; Jim Noble; catiwompus; Redleg Duke; andy58-in-nh; Past Your Eyes; ..

NH ping! FReepmail me if you want on or off this list.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 10:34:02 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

The alarm was caused by the very presence of a white man in his 40’s, the driver had a visceral reaction in calling the bomb squad.

//sarcasm


3 posted on 05/06/2010 10:34:49 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: OCCASparky
17 passengers were still on the bus

Are they waiting for a special invitation?

4 posted on 05/06/2010 10:35:51 AM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: OCCASparky

Why a 3 mile no fly zone? That’s seems like an over-reaction to a suspicious packag on a BUS.


5 posted on 05/06/2010 10:38:11 AM PDT by carmody
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To: RedMDer

Perhaps the passengers got a look at the hippies on the benches in Market Square and decided they were safer on the bus.


6 posted on 05/06/2010 10:38:45 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: GeronL

Like I said, if there’s gonna be an overabundance of mid-40’s white guys, it’s in New Hampshire...


7 posted on 05/06/2010 10:38:55 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: RedMDer
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100506-NEWS-100509891

More...
8 posted on 05/06/2010 10:40:22 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

Just reacting to the repression white males are facing from the MSM and the government.


9 posted on 05/06/2010 10:41:13 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: carmody

Maybe that bus can fly?


10 posted on 05/06/2010 10:41:51 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: OCCASparky
From your linked article

At 1 p.m. Cpt. Schwartz said police have been talking with passengers on the bus but have not asked or directed anyone to stay on the bus, and that police are not calling the scene a hostage situation. "The call (from a passenger) to us was a concern based on an observation," said the captain. "We're making the situation as safe as possible."

At approximately 1:30 p.m. passengers exited the bus, walking up the middle of the street with their hands up.

Something is Up....

11 posted on 05/06/2010 10:45:46 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: OCCASparky

Who the hell would voluntarily stay on that bus??


12 posted on 05/06/2010 10:47:06 AM PDT by Raebie (a)
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To: OCCASparky; ROCKLOBSTER
Keep your damned people up there, don't let them go wandering.
13 posted on 05/06/2010 10:48:27 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: GeronL

Oh ... I bet it WAS the Magic School Bus!


14 posted on 05/06/2010 10:48:32 AM PDT by carmody
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To: OCCASparky

Probably some damned foreigner from Maine, lots of loonies in Portland.


15 posted on 05/06/2010 10:50:37 AM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: OCCASparky

Do they refer to Portsmouth NH as “Pompey” like the Portsmouth in England?


16 posted on 05/06/2010 10:52:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL, not that I’ve ever heard. Although they do have more than their fair share of moonbat libs. Massholes refer to Portsmouth as a suburb of Boston, and the galling part about it is they’re right.


17 posted on 05/06/2010 10:58:47 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

btt


18 posted on 05/06/2010 11:00:02 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: libertarian27
Something is Up....

Indeed. It seems to me that incidents like this are happening much more often than they did under Bush. It's almost as if the public's collective thoughts are that it's just a matter of time before something really does happen.

19 posted on 05/06/2010 11:03:29 AM PDT by camerongood210
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To: OCCASparky

Thanks for the link. One of the passengers appeared to be handcuffed.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100506-NEWS-100509891


20 posted on 05/06/2010 11:04:13 AM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: RedMDer

One subject on the bus appeared to be handcuffed.

By 2 p.m., immigration and customs officials were on scene.

Developing story — updates to follow

****Hmmmmm****


21 posted on 05/06/2010 11:05:58 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: OCCASparky
re: but the bus driver had left the bus

You can’t make stuff like this up! Driver off, but passengers left to face the music.

22 posted on 05/06/2010 11:09:15 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: carmody

re: Why a 3 mile no fly zone?

To keep news helicopters out of the area.


23 posted on 05/06/2010 11:09:59 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: jwparkerjr

Might have been a case of driver getting info, switching drivers, getting luggage...hard to say, and I’m not gonna fault the guy if in fact that’s the case.


24 posted on 05/06/2010 11:10:15 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

So far 13 passengers have left the bus (1 at a time) with their hands in the air and directed towards police for a search. Then they are leading them into a parking garage for further questioning. One man was handcuffed during this procedure.

No news on what is happening on the bus or in the parking garage. Really weird situation!


25 posted on 05/06/2010 11:24:27 AM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: jcsjcm
Meanwhile there is a large fire going on in Portland, ME where this bus had a stop. Not sure if it has any relation to it, probably not. But, here is a photo my niece took of the fire from a distance.

Old Jordan's meat plant:



http://www.wlbz2.com/news/breaking/story.aspx?storyid=117496&catid=113
26 posted on 05/06/2010 11:28:55 AM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: jcsjcm

Jordan Hot Dogs were the best - loved the Red Dogs (And I’m not even from Maine:))


27 posted on 05/06/2010 11:40:58 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

By 2:40 p.m., according to Schwartz, police were attempting to establish phone communication with the man who remained on the bus, and stressed that they were not calling anybody a suspect.

According to Schwartz, police have not recovered any type of device from the bus.

Developing story — updates to follow


28 posted on 05/06/2010 11:41:55 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: OCCASparky
It was just the way it read. No one knows what's going on, it's a scene confusion, but the driver had gotten out. I'm certainly not impugning him, in fact good for him, but at first blush, it struck me as humorous!
29 posted on 05/06/2010 12:53:43 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: libertarian27

They can’t be as good as the old Schonlands.
Just a thought, but if there weren’t but 17 on board, maybe it was a short bus?


30 posted on 05/06/2010 1:18:32 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: jwparkerjr

Well that doesnt sound very constitutional. Unless it’s for the safety of the helicopters, why prevent local media reporting on the event?


31 posted on 05/06/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT by carmody
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To: carmody

Good question, but it’s pretty common practice. In busy areas like here in Tampa they have some concern about the clutter of aircraft, three or four from the news and a police helicopter or two can make for some pretty hairy flying. They also have concerns about news reports being seen by those on the ground who are the object of the cops’ efforts. That’s been a problem a couple of times that I know of personally. Someone hold up with access to a TV can make a better escape plan if they know where the various LE units are. That’s a pretty slim reason, but it can have some validity.

They are really pretty reasonable about it unless the scene is in or near pattern traffic for an airport, or in or under the approach for runways.


32 posted on 05/06/2010 2:43:35 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: carmody

Thank you for explaining that. I can see now why they wouldn’t want tv coverage ~ perfectly understandable.


33 posted on 05/06/2010 3:21:00 PM PDT by carmody
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To: Little Bill
Keep your damned people up there, don't let them go wandering.

What makes you think those are "my damned people" They might be damned, and if I could control them I'd send the moonbats and illegals all back where they came from.

"My people" all live in the woods, randomly fire guns and run their chainsaws.

34 posted on 05/06/2010 3:43:51 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: jwparkerjr

May want to avoid news choppers crashing into each other. Happened in Phoenix a year or two ago


35 posted on 05/06/2010 4:12:05 PM PDT by billphx
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To: billphx
re: news choppers crashing into each other

Happens all too often. My son is a helicopter pilot for a sheriff's office here in Florida. He's in a relatively small community, Naples, but even there they a have a news crew in nearby Ft. Myers and they come over from Palm Beach or down from Tampa.

Here in Tampa all the pilots know each other and they have understandings at to who will fly at what altitude. And each one has a unique transponder code that lets ATC offer them some assistance. ATC would just as soon not mess with them though. Tampa is busy airspace and they have their hands full! Five or six controlled airports with 30 miles or so. It can get crowded.

I fly with one of the EMS helicopters from time to time. It's hard to know when they will have something worth going on, but if you hang out with them for a day or two you stand a good chance of getting some nice shots. Worst thing is when you get bumped by someone and have to find your own way back to your car! Happens for instance when they transport someone who's been injured by police and then an officer has to go with them. There goes your ride back! I got a nice shot last week when I was a the scene of where an officer had shot a bank robbery suspect. I was left behind but got a good shot of them rotating to leave the area:






36 posted on 05/06/2010 5:08:17 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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