Charges possible after bomb scare at Boardman company

Boardman police at National Heat Exchange. Dec. 9, 2015
Boardman police and other agencies investigate a bomb scare at a township company. Dec. 9, 2015

BOARDMAN TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – The night shift at a Boardman Township company was anything but ordinary Thursday night.

Boardman police, township firefighters and the Youngstown Bomb Squad were able to determine that a dangerous-looking object found in an employee parking area at National Heat Exchange about 10 p.m. Thursday was not an explosive device.

Employees at the company in the area of 8400 Southern Blvd. were moved to the opposite side of the building, as a precaution, while the device was checked out.

Police say even though it turned out not to be a bomb, they’re glad an employee called them.

“They did exactly as I hope everyone in a similar situation,” says Boardman Police Sgt Paul Grimes. “Although they had no problems with any employees recently and no threats to anybody, they still behaved in a appropriate manner.”

The bomb squad determined quickly determined the the object was not an explosive and removed it.

They wouldn’t say exactly what it was, but they did say there were two harmless devices attached to one another, making it appear to be a bomb. That could bring charges like inducing panic and aggravated menacing, according to police. They continue investigating.

Employees were able to go back to their work stations a few hours later.

National Heat Exchange cleans heat exchangers and other heating and cooling equipment, according to their website.

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