FBI Calls Amtrak Evacuation "Complete Misunderstanding"

By: AP
By: AP

A Denver media outlet is reporting that the FBI is now calling the Amtrak Threat incident a "complete misunderstanding."

The man has apparently been released from FBI custody and taken to Denver International Airport to board a flight.

Officials say it all started just before 10 o'clock Sunday night after a passenger threatened the crew and others on board claiming he had a gun and a bomb. The train holding more than 140 people was then evacuated as a precaution.

A spokeswoman for Amtrak said no injuries were reported.

The spokeswoman, Karina Romero, said the train's crew alerted authorities after the passenger made claims he had a weapon and bomb.

Police met the train about 22 miles west of Denver, detained the man and did a sweep of the passenger and baggage cars.

Officials said the man was carrying a knife and a bomb-sniffing dog focused on his bag.

Passengers were evacuated and transported by bus to Denver.

The California Zephyr train travels each day from Emeryville, California to Chicago.


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