Police arrest man over Liberty Bell threat

Story highlights

  • An unidentified man apparently made threats to blow up the Liberty Bell
  • Police said a bomb squad was called in but found that the bags did not contain explosives
  • The bell is considered an iconic monument to American independence

Police arrested a man Saturday for threatening to blow up Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell, according to police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien.

The unidentified man apparently left two black backpacks in front of the Liberty Wheels wheelchair and scooter rental shop in downtown Philadelphia.

Police said a bomb squad was called in and secured the scene but found that the bags did not contain explosives.

"I have no idea why" the man did this, O'Brien said.

The bell is considered an iconic monument to American independence.