UPDATE: No arrests made in Janesville explosives threat; incident stemmed from mental health issue

Officials said there is no danger to the public
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UPDATE: Janesville authorities said they didn’t make any arrests in connection to the reported explosives threat because the incident stemmed from a mental health issue.

According to Janesville Police Department Deputy Chief Todd Kleisner, the explosives in question actually turned out to be flammable liquid. The bomb squad was called in to help remove the liquid.

Some neighboring residents evacuated as crews investigated, but one was injured. Kleisner said the situation returned to normal once the flammable liquid was removed.


JANESVILLE, Wis. — Authorities remain at the scene of a Janesville home Wednesday after receiving reports of a man with explosives in the basement.

The Janesville Fire Department said officials were sent to a residence on the 3400 block of Randolph Road at around 4:30 p.m. regarding a welfare check. Officials said no one was hurt and everyone safely evacuated the home.

Authorities were unable to confirm whether anyone has been taken into custody at this time, but Janesville Fire said there is no danger to the public.

The Dane County Bomb Squad and 54th Civil Support Team are actively investigating and assisting Rock County officials with removing the devices from the scene.

The public has been asked to avoid the area, as Janesville Fire Battalion Chief Ronald Bomkamp said officials will be on scene for at least the next two hours.