Streets Closed As Bomb Squad Called To Federal Building In Indianapolis

By WTHR

Streets Closed As Bomb Squad Called To Federal Building In Indianapolis

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 3:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.wthr.com) - A loud boom resounded from the steps of the Minton-Capeheart federal building as the Indianapolis Metro Police bomb squad detonated a suspicious package Monday afternoon.

The woman who brought in the package is in custody and she's currently being questioned by the FBI.

It happened at the building in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Street. Employees were evacuated. By 4:00 pm, the building was given the all-clear. No bomb was found.

Indianapolis Metro Police tell Eyewitness News that a suspicious backpack turned up during the X-ray process.

Pennsylvania St. is closed between St. Clair and Vermont Streets.

The children who were at daycare inside the building were taken to Harrison College. Parents need to pick up their children there. Call 502-3145 with any questions.

It marks the second time in less than 24 hours that the Indianapolis Metro Police bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious item.

Early Monday morning, the bomb squad detonated a backpack that was left under a window of the Federal Courthouse at the corner of Meridian and Ohio Streets downtown.

A police K9 trained to detect explosives "hit" on the package, so technicians warned nearby hotels and detonated the backpack on the scene.

According to IMPD spokesman Michael Hewitt, the explosive material in the backpack was identified as fireworks. Another substance in the backpack was identified as marijuana.




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