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Two from Massachusetts released after car check in Falls

A vehicle with Massachusetts license plates was stopped and searched Friday morning in the City of Niagara Falls.

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Federal investigators on the scene in Niagara Falls, NY

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citizens near the scene

Two men in their twenties were questioned and eventually released by Niagara Falls Police after being pulled over for what began as a traffic violation.

Their car, a black Nissan sedan, was stopped around 7 a.m. at 19th and Elmwood streets in Niagara Falls. Authorities were tipped off by an International Guard member who said the two, who are U.S. citizens, were acting "suspicious and evading him" while driving on I-190.

The guardsmen then followed them to the intersection where local, state, and federal authorities searched the vehicle.

A State Police Bomb Disposal Team used a robot to remove several items from the car. Officials ended up only finding papers and personal belongings.

"There was no specific threat at any time for Niagara Falls. We did this as a precaution to make sure that everybody in the immediate area was safe and our officers were safe," State Police Captain Craig Hanesworth said.

Hanesworth says the men were cooperative with police. The men, along with their father, the owner of the car, consented to the search.

Police say the men were in the area visiting the Falls and friends in Western New York.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster released a statement saying in wake of the troubling events unfolding in Boston, the measures taken today were to protect the citizens of Western New York.