LIMA — A Lima retail outlet was evacuated Sunday night after a report was made of a suspicious package, according to the Allen County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The report was made between 6 and 6:30 p.m. at the Lima Meijer, 3298 Elida Road. The alert prompted a response from several area law enforcement agencies and first responders, including the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the American Township Fire Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Allen County EMA. As a precaution, both the building and parking lot were evacuated, with entrances to the parking lot blocked by law enforcement.
“The Allen County Regional Bomb Squad is still on scene conducting an investigation,” Allen County EMA Director Tom Berger said at 8:20 p.m. “There is no other danger to the public at this time.”
At approximately 9:50 p.m., a photographer on the scene reported seeing a bomb squad robot exiting the store with what appeared to be a package. Just prior to that, Berger reported that the situation at Meijer was still unchanged and the public was still not permitted to return to the area.
Berger later gave the “all clear” at 10:48 p.m. He reported that the package was “determined not to be hazardous.”
There were no reports of injuries during the incident.
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