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Bomb squad called to Eyota, sweep shows no explosives in suspect's car

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St. Paul Bomb Squad checks suspect's car in Eyota (Photo: Jackie Ihrke) St. Paul Bomb Squad checks suspect's car in Eyota (Photo: Jackie Ihrke)
St. Paul Bomb Squad arrives in Eyota neighborhood St. Paul Bomb Squad arrives in Eyota neighborhood
RPD police drone on patrol in Eyota RPD police drone on patrol in Eyota
Officers compare findings before sounding the all-clear in Eyota Officers compare findings before sounding the all-clear in Eyota
Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, Capt. Scott Behrns brief reporters Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, Capt. Scott Behrns brief reporters
EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -

A bomb squad sweep of a suspicious vehicle in Eyota showed no evidence of an explosive, and life on Carolann Street is returning to normal after a crazy Friday afternoon.

Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said a police K9 may have triggered on a small minute trace of gunpowder or other explosive substance during the initial check of Joshua Smith's vehicle Friday afternoon.

"It could be the smallest piece of gunpowder or residue," said Torgerson.  "Until they get a full search of the car, under the seat, the trunk, the whole bit... there's just no way of saying it's clear until we know 100 percent. We can't risk anything."

Smith was taken into custody on a narcotics warrant from Dakota County and will be transported there shortly.

The St. Paul Bomb Squad used a robotic vehicle to check Smith's car, and a team member dressed in protective clothing then checked it before concluding there was no reason to continue in emergency mode.

(An earlier version of this story appears below.)


A residential area of Eyota has been blocked off and the St. Paul Bomb Squad called in after a man said to have anti-government sentiments was taken into custody.

It began unfolding at 11:43 a.m. in the 200 block of Carolann Street in Eyota, according to Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

"11:43 this morning the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Homeland Security division of the State of Minnesota.  The caller, who we're not going to identify, but is a member of the HSEM crew, informed us that he had spoken to a Joshua Bernard Smith.  And.. Joshua is 39 years of age... and I don't have a current address for him, we believe he may be homeless, we just don't know right now," said Behrns. 

Behrns said sheriff's deputies were sent to the scene after the Homeland Security official indicated Smith had told them that "someone" had explosives in a vehicle.  

Smith was wanted on an active Dakota County arrest warrant on a felony narcotics violation, and was taken into custody without incident near the vehicle he was driving.

Behrns said a Rochester Police Department K-9 unit was called in for an explosive sweep of Smith's vehicle.

"The K9 alerted to the scent of explosives in or near the vehicle," said Behrns.  "The St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad has been activated and is responding to the scene."

People are being asked to stay away from the active scene.  As the threat unfolded, deputies went door-to-door in the neighborhood urging people to either evacuate, or shelter in place until the incident was over.

Stay with KTTC for the latest on the explosives incident.

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