Video: Passenger Surrenders After N.H. Bus Bomb Scare

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A passenger on a Maine-to-New York
Greyhound bus surrendered to authorities Thursday night after a
nine-hour standoff sparked by a bomb scare.

The man walked off the bus with his hands up and got to his
knees. He then walked away from the bus, apparently following
orders from police.

The 16 other passengers and driver on the bus had been removed
hours earlier.

The ordeal began Thursday morning, when one of the passengers
called 911 to report an explosive device on board.

The 911 call came after the bus arrived in the seaside city of
Portsmouth around 11:30 a.m. and was "based on someone's
observations," police Capt. Mike Schwartz said. It was unclear
which passenger made the call.

Greyhound spokeswoman Maureen Richmond said the driver properly
parked and secured the bus and got out. Police surrounded the bus
and evacuated nearby buildings and streets.

The passengers were on the parked bus for more than two hours
before police started calling most of them out under the watch of a
sharpshooter. They left the bus separated by a couple of minutes
each and carried no purses or bags. Most held their hands aloft as
they passed officers with their weapons drawn.

The passengers were screened individually when they got off the
bus - much like an airport security check - and were taken to the
Portsmouth police station. None appeared to be injured as they left
the bus; Schwartz said one was taken to a hospital because of a
medical condition.

The last man, who police said was wearing camouflage pants,
remained aboard and communicated with police during the standoff.

Some of the other passengers finally resumed their trip on a
replacement bus just before 8 p.m., more than an hour after the
original bus had been scheduled to arrive in New York City.

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