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Battery Cause of Explosion Scare at CPD HQ, Bomb Squad Returns
COLUMBUS (Kellie Hanna) -- A battery exploding in the lobby of Columbus Division of Police Headquarters is what prompted the massive evacuation Tuesday evening.
The battery was being charged in the corner of the lobby by construction crews doing work outside the front entrance.
The side of the battery blew off and caught fire.
The loud blast startled the officer working the front desk and several workers on the second floor of headquarters.
They reported the explosion around 7:30 p.m. which prompted the massive police and firefighter response as well as the FBI and Homeland Security.
The building was immediately put on lock down meaning no one was allowed inside and at 8:30 p.m. everyone was evacuated and put onto COTA buses.
Roads were closed for several blocks around the building for about five hours as crews combed the scene.
Investigators went through the building floor-by-floor to try and find the cause.
Kim Jacobs, the Chief of Police, says the cause wasn't immediately found because the battery was on a hydraulic lift and tucked away.
At one point, some thought this explosion was an act of terrorism, but that was quickly ruled out.
Officers said the massive response was a good exercise in case the building was ever targeted by terrorists.
The bomb squad as well as bomb sniffing dogs returned to the scene Wednesday morning as a routine precaution. Police say there is no new threat.