Lima bomb squad responds to second suspicious package this week

LIMA — The Allen County bomb squad was called out Thursday morning in response to a suspicious package that was reported at a Limaland eatery.

It was the second time this week that the bomb squad was dispatched. Unlike a similar incident Monday when a suspicious package was detonated after being found under a bench outside the Bob Evans restaurant on Harding Highway, Thursday’s incident proved to pose no threat, officials said.

Tom Berger, director of the Allen County Emergency Management Agency, said a call was received shortly after 11 a.m. alerting authorities to a package at the Mark Pi’s Express at 711 N. Cable Road. Berger said law enforcement secured the area and evacuated employees from the restaurant and bomb squad personnel were called to the scene.

It was determined that the package in question “posed no threat to the public,” Berger said. “Nothing hazardous was found,” he added.

Traffic on Cable Road was not disrupted during the incident.

Berger said he did not believe the Cable Road incident was related to Monday’s bomb scare on Harding Highway, which closed that roadway just east of Interstate 75 for some 90 minutes as a bomb squad robot was called to detonate a suspicious package.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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