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Two men released in Niagara Falls following large police response and search of car

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Police in Niagara Falls have released two men after their car was searched for hours Friday morning. Police were tipped off to a suspicious vehicle with Massachusetts license plates and pulled the car over by 19th Street and Elmwood. The bomb squad, New York State Police and other law enforcement searched the car and evacuated nearby residents.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Police say an Air National Guard member noticed a car diving along the 190 with Massachusetts license plates, and he thought the individuals in the car were acting suspicious.

"Their actions. He felt they attempted to evade him. He was in uniform and they weren't making eye contact with him and attempted to evade him," said Superintendent Bryan DalPorto of the Niagara Falls Police Department.

At that point, the Air National Guard called 911, and Niagara Falls police officers pulled the car over at 19th Street and Elmwood for traffic violations.

Police say two men in their 20s had suspicious contents in the car and were detained at another location for questioning.

Meanwhile, law enforcement spent nearly three hours searching the car and the contents of the car.

"Packages which were searched and x-rayed by the State Police bomb disposal team. It turned out to be nothing in them other than papers and personal belongings," DalPorto said.

"There was no threat to Niagara Falls. We did this as a precaution to make sure everybody in the immediate area was safe and that our officers were safe," said Captain Craig Hanesworth of the New York State Police.

During the search, nearby residents were told to evacuate for safety measures. They were told to return shortly after noon after police officials were done checking the scene.

Police say the two men were just traveling through the area to see the Falls. They say the men were cooperative with police the whole time.

Police say the driver of the car is being charged with minor traffic violations, for failure to stop and a use a turn signal. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP