Treasure hunt package on LDS Temple grounds triggers bomb squad response

Package shown is a fictitious depiction | Image by St. George News graphics

ST. GEORGE – Police shut down the area around the St. George Temple Saturday after being notified of a suspicious package on the premise.

Around 5:30 p.m., Saturday, officers arrived at the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 250 East 400 South, after receiving a report of a strange package. The package had “ARMY” written on it and was located in the gazebo area of the property.

The bomb squad responded and investigated the package and closed down surrounding streets as a precaution.

An individual approached police during the investigation and informed officers that he had left the package at the gazebo. It was a part of a treasure hunt involving his girlfriend and was filled with candy and a note asking her to a dance.

Police took no further action after the package’s content was verified.

Jared Saxton, Cedar City, said his daughter was visiting the temple shortly before the incident took place and was inside when officers locked down the temple grounds. He related her experience in an email to St. George News:

“Some men in badges came in and told them that they could not leave the building until something outside was resolved. The men were guarding all the doors, and would not let anyone out until around 8 p.m.

In October 2012, the St. George Bomb Squad responded to a suspicious package in a business parking lot in Washington that turned out to be a suitcase full of personal items.

A month prior, on Sept. 5, the bomb squad responded to a suspicious package call in the package lot of Cedar High School in Cedar City. In that incident the package was detonated and discovered to be filled with nonthreatening materials and may have likely been a musical instrument called a rain stick.

Sgt. Sam Despain, St. George Police, said it is standard procedure for the bomb squad to respond to reports of suspicious packages when the contents are unknown. The circumstances surrounding when and where a package is found are also determining factors, he said.

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Package show is a fictitious depiction | Image by St. George News graphics
Package shown is a fictitious depiction | Image by St. George News graphics

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12 Comments

  • Hatalii March 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    While it may seem like over-reaction, I’m very glad to see things like this taken seriously. I remember the days of so called “activism” in California and other places, where idiots actually were placing bombs. And of course we still see it today, just not so much in this country.

  • Atheist March 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Sounds like the Temple Mafia isn’t doing its job watching everyone.

    • Tyler March 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Haha you mean MM – Mormon Mafia Lmao!!

  • West Coast Will March 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    OMG what idiot does this in today’s fearful world?!

  • Omari March 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I don’t care if your molly mormon or a normal person, this is straight comedy.

  • Jade March 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    It’s so satisfying to to the eye to see that box of an explosive ingnited on it in front of the temple.

    • Tyler March 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Right? I was thinking the same thing…

  • Glen March 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    This clown should be required to pay the costs, the FD and PD are not free.

  • Glen March 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This clown should be required to pay the costs of the FD and PD

  • Dave April 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    not such a funny incident now when compared to what just happened in Boston…

  • devin April 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Im pretty sure it didnt occur to the kid that the package would be interpreted as a potential bomb, probably thought that the temple would be a good place to ask a girl to a dance

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