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June 17, 2011
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Police arrest man for Pentagon bomb scare

The suspect's backpack, found outside the Pentagon, contained suspicious materials

By PoliceOne Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a man found with a backpack containing five pounds of suspected ammonium nitrate. Fox News and AP reported that the backpack and a notebook in which "al Qaeda" and "Taliban" were written were found outside a vehicle near the Pentagon along Washington Boulevard on Friday.

Authorities believe the man, who media later identified as a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, acted alone.

After an FBI investigation of the backpack, it was determined that the material inside is nonexplosive, but what exactly the material is remains unknown at this time.

Police shut down several roads around the Pentagon and are searching for one or two more people who fled the scene when police stopped the vehicle, NBC Washington reported. 

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