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A hostage, right, is released during a bomb threat aboard a bus which cleared much of downtown Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) A hostage, right, is released during a bomb threat aboard a bus which cleared much of downtown Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in connection with a daylong bomb scare on a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, N.H.

Police say a Lewiston, Maine, man was charged with refusing to get off the Maine-to-New York bus, and a New York City man was charged with obstructing officers.

Both are to be arraigned in Portsmouth later Friday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — At least one person faces criminal charges after a bomb scare on a Greyhound bus led to a daylong standoff with a foreigner who was too frightened to get off the vehicle.

Police Capt. Mike Schwartz said a court hearing was scheduled for later Friday, but he did not know how many people were charged or the specific counts.

A person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday that the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who called 911 believing a non-English-speaking rider had mentioned a bomb. That passenger was a foreigner who was too scared to get off the bus, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said the passenger was from Africa.

The 911 call around 11:15 a.m. prompted authorities to evacuate buildings and streets and to surround the bus with a bomb squad and sharpshooters. The other 16 passengers and the driver got off safely, but the non-English-speaking man refused to leave until about 8:40 p.m.

He emerged from the bus shirtless and in camouflage pants, with his hands held high over his head. He then went to his knees before soon getting up and appearing to follow orders from police to walk away from the bus.

He was taken into custody and was being questioned, but the case is not terrorism-related, Portsmouth Police Chief David Ferland said at a late-night news conference during which he refused to answer questions.

The person familiar with the investigation said the passenger is unlikely to face criminal charges. No explosives were found on the bus, which began its trip in Bangor, Maine, made a scheduled stop in Portsmouth and was en route to Boston and then New York.

More information was expected to be released at a midday news conference.

Several federal agencies had responded to the scene. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Harold Ort said only that there was an "ongoing issue" and that ICE was helping the investigation.

Throughout the day, police kept the curious at a distance and gave little information of what was happening. They said they established a way to communicate with the remaining passenger but wouldn't give details.

Passenger Danielle Everett, 20, of Poland, Maine, said she didn't see anything suspicious on the bus.

"It really wasn't any big deal," said Everett, who was met at the Portsmouth police station by her concerned father.


Associated Press writers Norma Love and Holly Ramer in Concord, N.H., and John Curran in Montpelier, Vt., contributed to this report.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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