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Published September 13, 2012, 09:32 PM

Bomb threats are no joke to local officials

(WDAY TV) -- Two threats in two days. Some may call it a funny prank, but bomb scares are no joke to authorities. Especially when you're dealing with high-profile public facilities.

(WDAY TV) -- Two threats in two days. Some may call it a funny prank, but bomb scares are no joke to authorities. Especially when you're dealing with high-profile public facilities.

Ryan Younggren/Asst. Cass County States Attorney: "We will certainly prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."

For Assistant Cass County States Attorney Ryan Younggren, it's hard to imagine how scenes like this can be comical.

Younggren: "The funny part when you are talking about public safety is hard to Fathom. When we go to these places, we expect to go there and carry about our business and think about where we're headed and who we're going to see, not think about our safety."

One thing is for sure, the punishment is no joke. Terrorizing is a Class C felony, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and/or five-years in prison. A result probably deserved when you think about what goes into responding to these types of events.

It's not only the Fargo Police department, but the TSA, the FBI, Fargo Fire and Ambulance, the Regional Bomb Squad, the Air National Guard and Customs all were called to Tuesday's threat.

And despite so many entities working together, Fargo Lieutenant Joel Vettel says communication is why the sweep went so quickly.

Vettel: "Try to make sure our response is appropriate, but more importantly, we try to make sure we're impeding on people's lives as least as possible."

Leiutenant Vettel points to 9-11. The technology has changed since then. And without getting into tactical details, procedures are very different than what they were just a few years back.

Vettel: "The training portion has paid dividends because even 7-8 years ago, we would've responded to that same incident and instead of being there for an hour and a half, we would've been there for 6-to-8 hours."

Every piece of evidence gained by the Fargo Police Department in this investigation is being turned over the TSA and the FBI.

Certainly a stern warning from authorities to any possible copy cats out there.

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