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Man Charged After Bomb Threat Attack On Michigan Coast Guard Station

The coast guard station in Grand Haven was evacuated after a man allegedly made a bomb threat, then rammed the building with his truck. The incident was initially investigated as "an act of domestic terrorism."

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A man was charged on Monday after he allegedly drove his truck through the gate of the coast guard station in Grand Haven, Michigan, early Sunday morning, shortly after a bomb threat was made, officials said.

Matthew L. Krueger, 33, was charged with one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism, as well as one count of destruction of property over $1,000. Kreuger — a resident of Mears, Michigan — faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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"The incident was initially investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism due to the circumstances," Grand Haven Director of Public Safety told BuzzFeed News in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

"No explosive device was located and the Coast Guard Station building has been deemed safe," Hawke said.

Shortly after 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, dispatch officials notified the command center at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan of a telephone call from a man threatening to blow up the Grand Haven station with a bomb in his truck, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.

As personnel from the station and sector field office were evacuating, Krueger allegedly drove his truck through the gate of the station and broke into the building, before being detained by staff.

"When he gained access to the station after driving through the gate he was confronted by the station personnel and then detained and handed over to the Grand Haven police," Petty Officer Third Class Christopher Yaw, a spokesperson for the Ninth Coast Guard District, told BuzzFeed News.

No one was injured in the incident, Yaw said.

Police shut down the street and surrounding area, while the bomb squad traveled from Lansing to check for explosives, he said.

Suspect's truck in Grand Haven. @FOX17

Just looked out the window of hotel and saw this in GH. Coast Guard station was attacked. Harbor drive closed.

Sarah Sell@sfsellFollow

Just looked out the window of hotel and saw this in GH. Coast Guard station was attacked. Harbor drive closed.

9:51 AM - 08 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

aerial pic shows suspect's truck behind Grand Haven Coast Guard Station. Truck crashed through gates. @FOX17

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aerial pic shows suspect's truck behind Grand Haven Coast Guard Station. Truck crashed through gates. @FOX17

11:14 AM - 08 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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