Fake Bomb Evacuates Maryland Car Rental Facility

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Cars sit ina lot at an Avis rental car branch in Manhattan on January 2, 2013 in New York City. Avis Budget Group announced January 2, that it has agreed to buy the car-sharing pioneer Zipcar for $500 million in cash. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Cars sit ina lot at an Avis rental car branch in Manhattan on January 2, 2013 in New York City. Avis Budget Group announced January 2, that it has agreed to buy the car-sharing pioneer Zipcar for $500 million in cash. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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HANOVER, Md. — The Maryland State Fire Marshal says a fake bomb device forced the evacuation of an Avis car rental facility in Anne Arundel County.

Authorities say the device was discovered Friday evening around 8:30 p.m. and drew the Maryland State Bomb Squad, the Annapolis City Bomb Squad and others to the scene in Hanover. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport fire department also responded to the facility.

Officials used a robot to allow bomb technicians to examine the suspicious package and determine it was a “hoax device.” Bomb squad crews worked on the scene for more than four hours to ensure the area was safe.

State officials are investigating to determine who left the device at the car rental facility.

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