Hearse in Miami bomb scare had fake weapons

AP News
Posted: Jul 09, 2011 4:44 PM
Hearse in Miami bomb scare had fake weapons

Police in the Miami area say the hearse in the bomb scare that snarled traffic for hours Friday evening had fake weapons inside.

Miami Gardens police chief Matthew Boyd told the Miami Herald Saturday that the abandoned hearse was filled with a fake arsenal of automatic weapons, ammunition and a rocket launcher. Boyd said "they were good replicas."

One item, also possibly fake, was turned over to federal authorities. No explosives were found.

Jail records show 28-year-old Lee E. Lewis is being held on $15,000 bond. Police wanted to question him in connection with Friday's bomb scare when officers reported seeing firearms and other weapons inside the hearse, calling in the bomb squad.

A police flier said Lewis was wanted on weapons violations. He served time for grand theft auto and drug charges.