Bomb squad officials offer tips for being alert in crowds - KCTV5

Bomb squad officials offer tips for being alert in crowds

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With huge crowd-drawing events like NASCAR races coming to the metro over the upcoming weeks, authorities want people to be on high alert of their surroundings.

Officials explained some tips they use for spotting a bomb and said what to do if someone finds a suspicious package.

Investigators said the Boston explosive devices were fashioned from pressure cookers and hidden in backpacks. The pots were packed with nails and small metal pellets.

These days the bad guys have become really good at disguising explosive devices, making them look like flashlights, backpacks, boxes - everyday items that won't make people look twice.

But people should think twice before dismissing something they feel is suspicious.

Bomb squad technicians with the Lee's Summit Police Department said everyone should trust their gut. They said people might not think the object looks suspicious, but if they thought the person who left it behind was acting strange, then they should call authorities.

The technicians also warned that people shouldn't ever approach the person who left the item behind because that could put others in direct danger.

"Whenever someone sees suspicious activity, get as much information to get to us because, if there is a vehicle, a license plate, a description of the vehicle, other people around, any info will help us out when they call," Capt. Mark Liebig with the Lee's Summit Bomb Squad said.

Officials with the bomb squad said this can carry into a workplace.

For example, if a store clerk sees someone buying a bunch of short pieces of pipe or a large amount of chemicals that might be used in the process of making homemade explosives, that is suspicious and should be reported.

If a person does see anything suspicious, they should alert authorities right away - tell a security guard or call 911.

Officials said it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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