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Bad Joke Prompts Alaska Airport Evacuation

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File photo of an officer working a post at a correctional complex.  (credit: MIKE FIALA/AFP/GettyImages)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who prompted an evacuation of the main terminal at Anchorage’s largest airport by making comments about a bomb, which he later said were jokes, has been charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Peter Friesema was arrested early Sunday by police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Airport manager John Parrott says Friesema was jailed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex with bail set at $5,000.

The evacuation happened early Sunday a little after midnight. The terminal was reopened about three hours later after it became clear there was no threat.

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