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Police: No bombs found at St. Clair Square

Police blocked all entrances to the parking lot at St. Clair Square while bomb units searched the mall Thursday evening.  No bomb was found. Police blocked all entrances to the parking lot at St. Clair Square while bomb units searched the mall Thursday evening. No bomb was found. Image source: Fox 2 News

   A metro-east mall will reopen Friday morning after a bomb scare closed it early Thursday afternoon.  

   Fairview Heights Police say a little before 4:00 p.m. they received a call from someone who said they had planted several explosive devices inside St. Clair Square.  Police notified mall officials and the building was quickly evacuated.  

   Fairview Heights police, U.S. Marshals, St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputies, Illinois State Police and bomb units from Scott Air Force Base spent about five hours searching the mall and all 144 shops using bomb sniffing dogs, but found nothing.  The all clear was sounded about 8:30 Thursday night.

   Police have now shifted their focus to find the person who made the bomb threat.  Anyone with information is urged to call Fairview Heights Police.

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