Standoff In NH City After Bus Bomb Threat

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Authorities remain in a standoff with a man on a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus hours after a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board.

The other 16 passengers and the driver safely got off the bus, which was parked in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

At least two sharpshooters and a bomb squad have been keeping careful watch. One sharpshooter in an armored vehicle moved close to the bus.

Surrounding streets and businesses, including a hotel, have been shut down and evacuated.

Police say they've established a way to communicate with the man but won't give details. They say he's wearing camouflage pants.

The other passengers spent two hours on the bus before coming off one by one with their hands in the air, under police orders.

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