SUPERIOR, Wis. (WAOW/KBJR)  – Superior authorities are closing down Tower Avenue outside the city’s new fire hall due to a “credible” bomb threat, according to a Facebook post from Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

The Douglas County 911 Center was alerted by the Superior Fire Department at approximately 9:13 a.m. about a suspicious item on the sidewalk north of Fire Department Headquarters in the 3000 block of Tower Ave., a press release from Superior Police said. The item appeared to be a homemade explosive device, and the circumstances surrounding the bomb threat are unknown at this time.

The release adds the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad is en route to Superior.

State Highway 35 has been closed in the area of the incident, per the release, and city officials say the highway will remain closed in both directions until the device is safely cleared.

“We expect their arrival within a few hours and hope to clear the device by the end of the work day but, as always, safety of the public and our local and State emergency personnel remains our highest priority,” city officials wrote in a news release.

Superior School District officials say students are not being evacuated because police assured them the school buildings are not in a danger zone.

School officials say they will be in constant contact with police to ensure that remains the case.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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