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Apr 27, 2013 6:26 PM by Eric Ross

Deputies respond to bomb scare at a Colorado Springs gas station

A sixth bomb scare in Colorado took place Saturday morning at a gas station near Peterson Air Force Base.

Shortly before 11 a.m., deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office were called out ot the Conoco gas station at Peterson and Platte Ave after a witness reported seeing what they believed was a suspicious package behind the business. It turned out to be just a bag of food cans a homeless person left behind. Scares like these following the Boston bombing massacre has put everyone on edge.

On Thursday, students at Vista Ridge High School were evacuated for the second time after somebody called in a bomb threat. A thorough search of the building turned up nothing.

"It's unfortunate this has to impact their time in the classroom," district spokesperson Stephanie Wurtz said. "School safety is a top priority and we're working closely with law enforcement to make sure the building is safe."

Just days prior to that scare, there was another reported sighting of a possible explosive device at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

"Anytime we get a call of a suspicious device, we're going to handle it as such and we're going to evacuate the area and ensure the public is going to be safe," Lt. Sal Fiorillo with the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

Police shut down part of the park while bomb technicians closed in on a black bag near a memorial wall. Inside, authorities found a camera lens.

Despite these recent scares, police say people are doing the right thing.

"We encourage people to give us a call," Fiorillo said. "Let us determine whether it's safe."

There was also a scare at the Colorado Justice Center in Denver as well as inside an apartment complex in Golden.



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