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Police look for suspects after McDonald's threat deemed a hoax

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Fort Stewart's EOD squad prepares a robot to survey the premises. (Source: Dan Scott) Fort Stewart's EOD squad prepares a robot to survey the premises. (Source: Dan Scott)
HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Police are looking for the people or person responsible for creating the suspicious device found in a Hinesville McDonald's this afternoon.

The device was later deemed a hoax.

Earlier today officials evacuated the entire area while they investigated a suspicious device found in the bathroom.

Luckily it was not explosive, but it was certainly convincing enough for authorities to take it seriously.

According to the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency, two men, who appeared to be soldiers, told the McDonald's staff that there appeared to be an IED in the bathroom.

The staff called 911, police, EMA and eventually Fort Stewart's EOD responded. The EOD squad first sent in their robot to determine if there was any substance to the claims, and eventually it was determined that even though its appearance was notable, the ingredients were not dangerous.

 "It was believable enough to get us all to take every precaution possible and the whole mission there is to protect the public, make sure nobody gets hurt," said Liberty County EMA Director Mike Hodges.

Police are reviewing surveillance video, and whoever did this could face some serious charges.

The owner of the McDonald's said she was very pleased with how her staff handled the situation and glad no one was injured.

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