Sheriff: Device thrown at Line 3 protest was not explosive

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Oil pipeline file photo (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

2/19/21, 8:31 p.m.

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suspicious device allegedly thrown by a protester at a construction site for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 replacement pipeline was not an explosive.

Nearby residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes by Friday evening. Authorities began investigating Friday, and a bomb squad was called after a protester allegedly threw a device then drove away.

Workers and roughly 40 residences within a half-mile radius were evacuated and Enbridge shut down its pipelines in the area out of caution.

There were no immediate arrests, but state and federal authorities are still investigating.

2/19/21, 5:33 p.m.

Authorities are investigating after a protester allegedly threw a suspicious package at the construction site for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 replacement pipeline.

A bomb squad was called to the area on Friday, but there were no immediate details.

Enbridge says the company has evacuated the area and shut down its pipelines out of an abundance of caution. It was not immediately clear how many protesters were in the area, or how many people were evacuated.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office says there were no immediate arrests.

A protest group said on Facebook that there were no explosives.

Line 3 runs from Alberta across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

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