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FBI agents find U-Haul truck, cancel terrorist threat advisory

February 25, 1997

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The FBI found nothing amiss in a U-Haul truck that became the subject of a nationwide search after reports that it was loaded with bombing-making materials.

There was ``no substance to the fears,″ the FBI said today, canceling a terrorist threat advisory.

Fort Worth police said the truck was found in Atlanta, but the FBI office in Dallas would not immediately confirm the location.

FBI spokeswoman Marjorie Poche said agents found the men matching the descriptions by canvassing U-Haul rental outlets and places where fertilizer is sold throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

She would not identify the pair, but said ``they were surprised and they were cooperative.″

The two live in the Haltom City area, a few miles northeast of Fort Worth, said Les Martz, agent in charge of the Dallas division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The advisory was posted after witnesses said the men had loaded into the truck what appeared to be thousands of pounds of fertilizer and 30 gallons of diesel fuel, enough material to produce a bomb similar to the one that exploded at the Oklahoma City federal building in April 1995, killing 168 people.

A witness told police that the men were loading the diesel fuel into containers in the back of the truck with out-of-state license plates Saturday at a Texaco station in Haltom City.

Another witness said the truck held three blue plastic containers that appeared to be filled with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the FBI said.

The containers did not contain fertilizer, but ``something he used in his business,″ Ms. Poche said of one of the men. She declined to be specific.

About 50 agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the search, Martz said.

The FBI had released a sketch of one of the men and posted an alert noting that Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the initial ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, in which six cult members and four ATF agents were killed.