Traffic in and around the Golden Glades Interchange slowed to a crawl (slower than usual, anyway), after a Broward County Transit bus had to be evacuated following a bomb threat, according to transit officials.
The driver brought the bus to an isolated area of a Park & Ride parking lot off of NW Seventh Avenue and safely let out the passengers.
According to transit spokeswoman Phyllis Berry, a passenger who had gotten off the bus earlier on Northwest 183 Street at Second Avenue, in Miami Gardens, around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, told the driver there was a bomb on the bus.
Berry says the passenger may have been drunk.
So, it doesn't look like it was a terrorist incident. Just some asshole drunk on a Thursday afternoon who thought it would be funny to say there was a bomb on a bus.
The route information on the bus indicated that Boca Raton/Sandalfoot was the vehicle's starting and ending point.
Miami-Dade Bomb Squad units were called in to investigate as police closed NW Seventh Avenue and the entrance to the park-and-ride and traffic got jacked up from westbound State Road 9.
"There was a passenger that indicated upon exiting the bus that there was a bomb on the bus," Berry told the Sun-Sentinel. "We think he may have been [intoxicated]. He appeared to be."
After investigating for several hours, the bomb squad found no indication of a bomb, which might come as a shock, because drunk people who ramble incoherently are usually so reliable.