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Man arrested after bomb hoax

DULUTH - What authorities said was intended as a prank didn't turn out to be that funny in the end.

Gwinnett Fire Department investigators arrested 52-year-old Frank Dallas Hurley, of Texas, after he reportedly made a "hoax" destructive device and sat it on the doorstep of a co-worker's hotel room.

According to reports, police and fire officials responded to the La Quinta Inn at 2370 Stephens Center Drive just after 11 p.m. Thursday after receiving 911 calls about the device that Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said looked like a homemade bomb.

As a precaution, firefighters stood by outside the hotel as investigators worked to identify the object.

"A robot from the Gwinnett Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal was used to help identify the device as a fake and bring the situation under control," Rutledge said.

While investigators worked, hotel guests were not allowed to move on or off the second floor.

"It was actually safer to leave guests in their rooms on the second floor, rather than have them disrupt the device during an evacuation," Rutledge said.

Hurley had reportedly left the hotel before authorities arrived, but returned a short time later and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Rutledge said fire investigators also obtained misdemeanor warrants for the unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.

Hurley is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail on $7,201 bond.