FBI, Coast Guard Investigating Bomb Hoax on Barge Near Armorel

MARCH 14, 2005 - Posted at 10:23 a.m. CST

ARMOREL, AR - Deputies with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department were called to the marine terminal at Barfield Landing on the Mississippi River near Armorel Sunday morning concerning a suspected bomb attached to a barge.

At approximately 8:20 a.m., the sheriff's office received a call from the general manager of Marine Terminals of Arkansas, who told authorities that an object had been strapped to the side of one of the barges at the landing.  The barge in question had been moved to the middle of the river and away from the docking area.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers found the device to be a box containing several wires leading to a battery.  Both the Arkansas State Police and Shelby County (TN) bomb squad units were immediately notified for assistance, and the U.S. Coast Guard was also contacted.

At approximately 1:36 p.m., members of the bomb squads determined the device was a "hoax mechanism."

The incident is now being investigated by the Coast Guard, the FBI and the Sheriff's Department.