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TULSA, Okla. — A bomb scare in Tulsa this morning shook the community.

Police say a man pulled up to the federal building, jumped out, and ran across the street because he was late for a convention.

That was at 8:50 a.m.

Moments later, the federal building was evacuated. Officers blocked the streets and construction workers were sent home.

“Federal marshal comes over over and says clear the area,” David CrabtreeĀ said. “And of course they kept pushing us further and further back.”

David says he saw it all unfold.

“You see a lot of stuff going on downtown, but nothing of this scale.”

It was a bomb scare that forced police to shut down everything around the federal building, including the A loft.

“I’m not sure if he even knew where he was parking, but you just don’t park illegally downtown,” Crabtree said.

Then the bomb squad brought out the robot to search the Chrysler Sebring.

“It keeps us from having to send a person to the vehicle to look into it,” police said.

Police say they found the driver at the Cox Business Center searched the car.

The all clear was given around 10 a.m.

“We had our detectives, we had field patrol, we had the bomb squad, our fugitive warrants guys,” police said.

Police brought out all the stops…for a simple parking mistake. But Crabtree said it’s a mistake that shouldn’t happen.

“Especially not in front of a federal courthouse, especially not after Oklahoma City, and what’s going on in the world today.”

Despite all the “No Parking At Any Time” signs, police say the driver of the car was let go without so much as a parking ticket.