Suspected bomb at Plymouth resort turns out to be Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisementFalse alarm a sign of post-Sept. 11 times, manager says
By MIKE GILLOON
Tribune Staff Writer
PLYMOUTH — A suspicious object that turned out to be a flashing red light on a beer advertisement forced the evacuation of a Plymouth resort hotel early Monday morning.
Doug Leedke, general manager of Swan Lake Resort, said about 30-40 guests were evacuated about 12:45 a.m. Monday after a bartender in the hotel’s restaurant noticed a blinking red light on a white object on the wall and suspected it might be a bomb.
A Marshall County Sheriff’s officer later determined the light was part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisement suction-cupped to the restaurant’s window.
Detective lieutenant Jon Van Vactor of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department said officers were first called to the resort’s Sam Snead’s restaurant, 5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, at 12:39 a.m. and determined that no bomb squad was needed by 12:56 a.m.
Leedke said hotel guests were allowed back in their rooms by 1:30 a.m.
The false alarm is a sign of the times in a post-Sept. 11 world, Leedke said.
“Our employee saw something unusual and reported it,” Leedke said. “Everything is back to normal today.”
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The fun just does not stop.