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2 North Carolina juveniles accused of calling in bomb threat to Monroe airport, police say

All air traffic was stopped Wednesday. The Monroe Police Department said the suspects were located in Harnett County.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport in Monroe was closed because of a bomb threat that was called in on Wednesday. The next day, the Monroe Police Department said two juveniles elsewhere in North Carolina were accused of phoning in the threat.

Details were initially extremely limited, but the police department asked people to avoid the area, according to a post the law enforcement agency made on social media.

"Police are conducting an active investigation and the airport is closed to visitors at this time," the police department said. "All air traffic has been paused."

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A spokesperson for the city of Monroe confirmed the threat and said a bomb squad was called in for further assessment. 

Officials affirmed there was no threat to the public.

On Thursday, the department said two juveniles from Harnett County - north of Fayetteville - were identified as the suspects who called in the threat. Monroe police said the department would seek juvenile charges for them, and that the suspects' names would not be released due to their underage status.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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The airport is located northeast of the downtown area and serves mostly private and small aircraft.

A check of an airplane tracker confirmed no aircraft arrived at or departed from the airport for a period of time, which has one runway located between Old Charlotte Highway and Weddington Road.

While no roads were closed to drivers, the police department warned drivers to expect delays at the time because of the "increased law enforcement presence in the area."

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