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Arrest made in Riviera Beach water treatment plant bomb scare, car fire

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A former West Palm Beach city employee is in custody after a bomb scare Monday morning at the water treatment plant in Riviera Beach and also setting a vehicle on fire at a sewage plant near Haverhill Road.

West Palm city spokesman Elliot Cohen said at a news conference that the employee, Douglas Ellington, drove a vehicle through the gates of the sewage plant and set a car on fire.


Riviera Beach Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire units were also called to the scene at 800 West Blue Heron Blvd.

Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown says they received information through a third party that an employee, who was terminated last week from the water treatment plant, said there was a bomb at the location.

Ellington, a former West Palm Beach city electrician, was arrested in August 2015 after surveillance footage shows him storming city hall.  He was charged with trespassing in that incident. 

The entire Riviera Beach municipal complex was evacuated as a precaution.  Employees are allowed to go home for the day.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of Blue Heron Boulevard are closed near the intersection of Australian Boulevard. 

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