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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (WSFA) – Reports are coming out that the hostage situation, involving a 5-year-old boy, in Alabama is over.

Witnesses near the scene reported hearing a loud explosion and an ambulance was seen leaving the scene.

Authorities say the crisis is over and reports indicate the child is “okay” and the kidnapper is dead.

Last week, a gunman, later identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, stormed a school bus and demanded two children.

The bus driver, Charles Poland Jr. refused and blocked the aisle so at least 21 children could escape out of the back door.

Poland was shot four times before Dykes grabbed the 5-year-old victim and barricaded himself in a nearby bunker.

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