By Stephen Betts

OWLS HEAD — The Knox County Regional Airport was closed for a few hours Feb. 1 after a bomb threat and demand for money were made.

No bomb was found after two state police canines inspected the airport and adjacent buildings, Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll said Feb. 1.

The threat was sent via a fax machine shortly after 10 a.m. to the Knox County administrative office. The note asked for money or a bomb would be detonated at the airport or in one of the planes.

The county administrator contacted the sheriff, who immediately contacted the airport manager. The airport terminal and adjacent buildings were evacuated. The Sheriff’s Office then blocked the entrances as officers awaited arrival of the state police bomb-sniffing dogs.

The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration was also contacted. The sheriff said this is one of several similar threats made to airports across the country.

Two Cape Air flights were canceled due to the terminal being closed for much of the day.

The airport was reopened about 2 p.m.

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