All-clear given after suitcase found near Champaign police station

All-clear given after suitcase found near Champaign police station

CHAMPAIGN - A suspicious suitcase investigated by the University of Illinois and Champaign police bomb squad near the Champaign police station turned out to be harmless.

The suitcase contained equipment used to detect leaks in swimming pools, said Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Dunn said a passerby noticed the suitcase sitting across the street from the police department's front door on North First Street at about 11:20 a.m. Monday. That person went into the station to let police know about it, Dunn said.

The bomb squad, also known as the explosive ordnance disposal team, was called in as a precautionary measure, and traffic was shut down in the area. Businesses in the area were also notified, Dunn said.

After the bomb squad gave the all-clear, the streets were reopened to traffic by 1 p.m.

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jdmac44 wrote on June 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I need to remember to put a big tag on my bag with my name and number on it, in case I set it down and forget it, so as to avoid having it blown up for safety reasons.

urbana1234 wrote on June 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

"Wait, that's my packed lunch!"

Orbiter wrote on June 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Sometimes things our public servants do seem humorously silly, but I don't think our Police over-reacted in this instance, and the mockery posted above is rather misplaced.  Three months ago we might have dismissed a bag containing a pressure cooker left on a busy street corner, or in front of the PD.  But today the cold facts of the Boston Marathon show that the response to the abandoned bag today was quite appropriate.  

Thanks to our PD and the bomb squad for a speedy, measured response!

chinadoll wrote on June 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm