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Hoax hits 2 Bloomingtons

– Police in Indiana and Illinois are looking for a caller who claimed he had hostages, explosives and nerve gas, bringing officers to homes in two cities with the same name.

The Herald-Times reports police in Bloomington, Ind., and Bloomington, Ill., received the calls last week. The caller initially gave Illinois police a fictitious address, then told them it was in Indiana. Police who responded to the call in Indiana found a surprised resident watching a movie while his 2-year-old daughter slept.

The man at the address in Illinois told officers he was being taunted by a disgruntled chat room user who was making prank calls using his name. A second call there brought a SWAT team to the scene.

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