News short: Bomb squad called out for suspicious package

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ST. GEORGE – As suspicious packaged triggered a call to the bomb squad Sunday morning and resulted in the closure of Stone Mountain Drive for almost three hours.

St. George Police officers were called at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday to a home on Stone Mountain Drive in St. George, Lt. Doug Sargent said, after a resident reported a suspicious package.

“They weren’t sure what it was, it was kind of a rectangular block object,” Sargent said. “It was placed at the base of a light pole right next to a fire hydrant, so it was kind of in an odd spot.”

The package was wrapped in blue painter’s tape and had a couple of notes attached to it. The notes were not threatening, Sargent said, but had some “interesting language.”

Officers took a photo and sent it to members of the Washington County Bomb Squad, who were concerned enough to want to take a closer look. An X-ray was performed that revealed it was “really dense.”

“They were able to finally render the package safe enough to open it up,” Sargent said, “and it was just a brick inside of it.”

“Somebody was either playing a joke or … something, I don’t know,” Sargent said.

Bomb squad members weren’t too worried about the package containing an explosive, Sargent said, as there were no wires showing.

“It was just more of an unknown, suspicious circumstance.”

No one was evacuated because of the incident.

St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were staged nearby as a precautionary measure, and Stone Mountain Drive was closed during the incident. Officers cleared the scene by 12:45 p.m., Sargent said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • .... December 12, 2016 at 5:21 am

    It seems someone has an issue but regardless of the reason our law enforcement personnel were there to protect the public. we are so blessed to have them here. Praise the Lord

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