UPDATED: Bomb scare at Peoria County Courthouse

DeWayne Bartels

Peoria Police responded to a possible bomb at the Peoria County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. It turned out to be nothing but a gas can.

Peoria County Sheriff Michael McCoy said Thursday night an X-ray of the can revealed it was full of gasoline and not a bomb.

McCoy said, in addition, an examination of video tape from the courthouse revealed how the can came to be on the sidewalk on Main Street, next to a bus bench outside the entrance to the courthouse.

Video tape revealed a truck broken down on Main Street. The driver, while working on the truck, took out the full gas can. When the driver got the truck running he left the gas can sitting on Main Street.

A passer-by seeing the gas can picked it up and put it on the sidewalk.

The Peoria Police Bomb Squad arrived on the scene shortly after 1 p.m.

Police cordoned off the sidewalk in front of the Main Street entrance to the courthouse, but foot traffic was still allowed in the Main Street doors.

About 1:40 p.m. police shut off Main Street at Jefferson diverting traffic.

An officer wearing a heavily padded suit approached the gas can and put something around it and then moved back a distance.

After about 10 minutes the threat had apparently passed.

The can was removed and traffic allowed to flow.