WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Feb. 20, two passenger trains, one going east and one going west, were stopped at Havre, MT, because of a radioactive materials threat against them. The threat was phoned in by a man claiming to be a government employee or former employee with access to chemical or radioactive agents.
Amtrak received the call at a California office, threatening a train traveling in Havre. Since two trains run through there as part of the Empire Builder route, both had to be detained. There were more than 300 passengers on the two trains.
The passengers were removed and taken to a National Guard Armory while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched the trains. The FBI also checked passengers for any traces of chemical or radioactive materials exposure. Nothing was found and the trains were allowed to continue along their routes after a delay of 16 ? hours.