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Man brings two military flares to Illinois sheriff

MURPHYSBORO – Authorities in southern Illinois moved jail inmates and evacuated a restaurant after a man came to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with empty casings of two military flares.

The incident happened Saturday evening in Murphysboro. The sheriff’s office said a “mentally unstable” man wanted to turn the flares over to authorities. He said he’d had the flares for a number of years and they were previously detonated.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies formed a perimeter around the office and moved 30 inmates to another cell block “out of an abundance of caution.” Patrons at the nearby Brews Brothers Tap Room were asked to leave. The joint Carbondale Police and Southern Illinois University Police Department bomb squad responded and confirmed the devices couldn’t be detonated.

Authorities said they don’t plan criminal charges.

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