Columbus Division of Fire is investigating a report of an explosion at Columbus Police headquarters in Downtown Columbus.
A loud noise was heard inside the building in the 100 block of Marconi Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police asked people inside the building to evacuate by the stairs.
The Franklin County Jails, located on South Front Street and Jackson Pike, were placed on lockdown at about 9:30 p.m.
Police and fire crews were going building by building checking for the source.
Columbus fire officials said there were no reports of injuries.
Columbus police dispatchers said the noise was heard on the second floor where a deli is located. Dispatchers said it did not start a fire.
An officer inside the building told 10TV that another officer smelled gunpowder at the time of the reported explosion.
There were also reports of suspicious people in the area at the time.
K9 units also were on scene, and officials were searching nearby parking garages for explosives.
The reporters of a gunpowder smell and suspicious people in the area seem to be the key information from this report.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.