LIMA — Members of the Allen County Regional Bomb Squad were called to the rear of Lima City Hall on Thursday morning after a suspicious package was found near the building.
The office building was evacuated and closed for a brief time while bomb squad team members X-rayed the package and subsequently determined it held nothing more than trash.
The incident came one day after the suspect in a string of package bomb explosions in and around Austin, Texas, used one of his own devices to blow himself up.
Lt. Andy Green of the Lima Police Department said at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a city employee notified police of the suspicious package at the rear of City Hall, 50 Town Square. Officers responded and determined the package appeared out of place.
Allen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Roy Brock is a member of the regional bomb squad, which is comprised of representatives of the sheriff’s office, city police and Lima Fire Department.
Brock said four members of the bomb squad arrived at the scene shortly after being notified of the suspicious package. A vehicle equipped with a robot was on hand, but Brock said bomb squad members elected instead to use a hand-held X-ray device to determine the contents of the package.
A bomb squad member wearing a special protective suit approached the package and took a photo, Brock said. Within one minute, it was learned that explosives were not part of the contents of the package.
“Even though this item turned out to be something that was not dangerous, we are thankful that the employee recognized something that was out of place and notified us,” said Lt. Andy Green, of the Lima Police Department. “We remind everyone that if you see something that is suspicious to please say something to law enforcement.”
The city building and the surrounding parking lots were closed during the incident. The bomb squad wrapped up its investigation around 9 a.m., Brock said.