A possible bomb threat resulted in the evacuation of the Dodge City Public Library at about 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Library staff and about 10 patrons were evacuated from the building located at 1001 Second Avenue and an area within a six-block radius was blocked off.

A possible bomb threat resulted in the evacuation of the Dodge City Public Library at about 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Library staff and about 10 patrons were evacuated from the building located at 1001 Second Avenue and an area within a six-block radius was blocked off.

According to library staff, a man talking on the pay phone in the lobby of the library made reference to an explosive device that would go off in 15 minutes.
Library staff identified the suspect to officers and a 51-year-old man was escorted out of the building and taken into custody for the alleged crime of aggravated criminal threat. His name is being held pending the filing of formal charges with the Ford County Attorneys Office, according to a press release from the DCPD.

A library staff member told the Globe that Police said they had been dealing with the man all week. Police Chief Craig Mellecker confirmed the statement and also said the man was not from Dodge City.

A backpack found in the suspect's possession upon his arrest was scanned using a portable x-ray unit and was determined not to contain any hazardous devices. Local law enforcement officials sent for a K9 bomb unit out of Great Bend to do an exterior and interior sweep of the building. Following the sweep, the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb unit examined the package left by the suspect which was also determined as not containing hazardous devices. The investigation concluded at 4:05 p.m and the library remained closed for the rest of the day.

"I'm just glad it didn't happen after school when a lot of school children would have been in the library," said Cathy Reeves, director of the library.