Authorities defend response to bomb threat on Greyhound bus

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May 7, 2010, 5:28 pm
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(NECN: Brad Puffer) - Two men have been charged following a standoff involving a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The last man on the bus, who stayed seated for nine hours is not one of the men charged. He is from Africa, and his native language is Swahili. Because of the language barrier, he was too afraid to get off the bus.

Police say a passenger called 911 after overhearing a cell phone conversation between a fellow passenger speaking Swahili and someone who said there was a bomb on the bus.

In this post September 11th world, are people picking up the phone too soon to call 911?

Tags: Portsmouth NH, Bus standoff, bomb threat
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