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ST. GEORGE — An apparently distraught man threatened to blow up his wife and children Saturday with a bomb that turned out to be a propane canister with wires, police said.
After receiving a call about 8:40 a.m. about a suicidal man, police arrived at 338 S. 2740 East to find a man passed out in the back of a truck, according to St. George Police Capt. Scott Staley. They also found a small camping-type propane bottle with wires running from it. Seeing the man's hands empty, officers took him into custody, he said.
Officers then cleared a large area and called in SWAT and the bomb squad. A robot was sent to examine the device, and officers determined it was not a bomb, Staley said.
Staley said the man and his wife had been arguing throughout the morning. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. An investigation is ongoing, and police have not determined whether to seek criminal charges.