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Strange call prompts bomb threat investigation on Bay Street, police say

Man says stranger called to say he had bomb in his car

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man told police that a stranger called him Thursday afternoon to tell him there was a bomb in his car.

The man, who was driving on East Bay Street, immediately pulled over and called police,  Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Officer Christian Hancock said.

The call came in to police about 3 p.m., and the bomb squad was brought in to investigate.

The man was OK, and police said he had no reason to believe anyone would be trying to harm him.

The bomb squad robot could be seen checking out the vehicle, which was later "rendered safe," police said. No device was found.

“It could be someone playing a joke. Unfortunately, it's a bad joke,” Hancock said.

East Bay Street was closed from Catherine to Newnan streets, and businesses were evacuated from Market to Liberty streets along that stretch, Hancock said.

The road reopened about 6:15 p.m.