Barnesville evacuated for suspicious packages - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Barnesville evacuated for suspicious packages

September 20, 2002

(Barnesville-AP) -- Downtown Barnesville will be reopened within the hour. The small middle Georgia city has been evacuated since this morning while police investigated a few suspected bombs.

Nine suspicious canisters were found, but none were found to contain explosive devices. The canisters forced businesses to evacuate in a three- to four-block area of the city, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Rusty Andrews says if the devices are hoaxes, they "Have certainly been fixed up to resemble live explosive devices." The devices all looked the same. Witnesses describe the devices as cylinders that had wires and size-C batteries sticking out.

An annual arts and crafts fair -- Barnesville Buggy Days -- is scheduled to begin tonight and draw up to 60,000 people. The police chief says there are no plans to cancel the fair at this point. Barnesville has about 6,000 residents.

updated at 3:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Gas prices continue to rise

    Gas prices continue to rise

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:51:31 GMT
    Gas prices (Source:WALB)Gas prices (Source:WALB)
    Gas prices (Source:WALB)Gas prices (Source:WALB)

    The price at the pump continues to rise.  Gas prices have jumped nine cents in the last week.  

    More >>

    The price at the pump continues to rise.  Gas prices have jumped nine cents in the last week.  

    More >>
  • Commissioner Jon Howard on East Albany's ongoing clean-up effort

    Commissioner Jon Howard on East Albany's ongoing clean-up effort

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:12:51 GMT
    Owens was one of the six streets which got cleaned for the clean-up day. (Source: WALB)Owens was one of the six streets which got cleaned for the clean-up day. (Source: WALB)

    A number of streets in Albany are much more appealing to the eye... thanks to 'Stash the Trash' volunteers who helped clean the city over the past few days.  Commissioner Jon Howard joined 'Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful' to help clean-up sites on seven blocks in East Albany. 

    More >>

    A number of streets in Albany are much more appealing to the eye... thanks to 'Stash the Trash' volunteers who helped clean the city over the past few days.  Commissioner Jon Howard joined 'Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful' to help clean-up sites on seven blocks in East Albany. 

    More >>
  • Boat safety importance during spring and summer seasons

    Boat safety importance during spring and summer seasons

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:58:56 GMT
    The Department of Natural Resources said this season they are watching out for everyone's safety. (Source: WALB)The Department of Natural Resources said this season they are watching out for everyone's safety. (Source: WALB)
    The Department of Natural Resources said this season they are watching out for everyone's safety. (Source: WALB)The Department of Natural Resources said this season they are watching out for everyone's safety. (Source: WALB)

    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has already seen two drowning deaths this year associated with boats on the lake. Now, they're working to keep those numbers down as boating season ramps up. 

    More >>

    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has already seen two drowning deaths this year associated with boats on the lake. Now, they're working to keep those numbers down as boating season ramps up. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly