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Area cleared after West Monroe bomb threat, investigation continues

West Monroe police investigate a bomb threat at a local restaurant.
West Monroe police investigate a bomb threat at a local restaurant.(KNOE)
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 1:21 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM CST
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UPDATE 4:10 p.m. - According to Beck, the Monroe Police Bomb Squad determined the device was safe to remove from the area.

He says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives team has taken over the investigation.

Beck says the area has been cleared and all businesses are open.

UPDATE 2:17 p.m. - C.J. Beck with West Monroe PD says a contractor came to inspect the building. He found what looked like a bomb sitting outside the Outback Steak House building. The managers notified the police. He says once police were on the scene they also said it looked like a bomb.

Currently, the Monroe Bomb Squad Unit is investigating the black bag to confirm whether it’s a bomb.

The community is asked to stay away from this area for the time being.

Outback Steakhouse, Cracker Barrel, and Chili’s are closed until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. - West Monroe PD has released the following update:

“WMPD received a call shortly after noon about a potential pipe bomb that was found by a contractor near Outback. WMPD’s initial investigation found that the pipe did have wires consistent of a potential pipe bomb.

“Monroe Police Department’s Bomb Squad has arrived and West Monroe fire and Acadian ambulance are also on scene.”

***UPDATE*** The scene has been cleared at Outback and there is no longer any type of threat to public. The Monroe PD...

Posted by West Monroe Police Department on Friday, January 28, 2022

BREAKING NEWS - 1:15 p.m.

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - West Monroe police are investigating a bomb threat at a local restaurant.

KNOE spoke with a WMPD spokesperson just before 1:15 p.m. According to police, it’s at Outback Steakhouse near Interstate 20. It’s unclear if that means inside or outside, in the vicinity. There is a police presence in the surrounding areas as well.

This puts the scene in the middle of a busy area of West Monroe just after lunchtime.

No other details are available at this time, but KNOE has a reporter on the scene and will bring you more information soon.

Check back for updates as soon as we get them.

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