August 10, 2018 10:46 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A neighborhood in southeast Eyota was closed for about 7 hours by law enforcement after a call came in just before noon on Friday that a car was allegedly lined with explosives.
“We apologize to have to go to this length, but we have to do what we have to do to preserve everybody’s safety,” said Captain Scott Behrns with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
The department responded to the 200-block of Carolann Street after Joshua Smith, 39, called Homeland Security and told them that someone had explosives in a car near his house.
“We know Mr. Smith. He has a history with us. He is an anti-government person and he also had a warrant out for his arrest for a narcotic violation out of Dakota County,” Behrns explained.
Smith was arrested and taken into custody, that's when the department brought in a K-9 unit to check the car for explosives. The K-9 confirmed there was a trace of explosive scent near the car.
“This dog is trained to sniff explosive powders. It could have been gunpowder that was on Mr. Smith's clothing, we don't know. All we know is that it was enough for us to take these steps that we've taken today,” Behrns said.
Father of two, Brad Dixon, came home to find the active scene not far from his home.
“It's scary. With the threat going on there that's not a normal thing we see. I've been living here for 10 years and it's been a quiet neighborhood. There are a lot of weird people out there and it's a shame they want to come to a small community or any community for that matter and pull something like this,” said Dixon.
“We have learned more from other sources that the potential for a mental health issue with Mr. Smith is very real. I don't know what if any criminal charges would be filed,” Behrns said.
Homeowners were eventually allowed to go back into their homes around 6:30 P.M. According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, no more information is expected on this case Friday night.
Created: August 10, 2018 10:46 PM
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