Bomb squad finishes investigation into City Hall bomb threat - KCTV5


Bomb squad finishes investigation into City Hall threat, finds nothing

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The bomb squad has concluded their investigation into a bomb threat made to City Hall Tuesday morning and found nothing suspicious.

During the investigation, a suspicious small bag was found in front of the building's south entrance. The bomb squad was able to detonate it, but found it had nothing in it.

A man called City Hall about 8 a.m. to report he left a bomb inside the building on Monday. City Hall has metal detector at all its entrances.

Officials said the threat was called into police non-emergency line at 8:04 a.m. and caused City Hall to evacuate. It was made while important meetings were being held inside. One such event was public testimony about the future of Kansas City International Airport.

Streets surrounding City Hall were blocked off while officials investigated the threat. The streets were reopened hours later. Kansas City police said they finished their investigation about 2 p.m. City Hall reopened to the public at 2:45 p.m.

City officials thanked residents' patience during the unexpected closure and the hard work of police.

"Police exhaustively searched City Hall floor by floor and its surrounding perimeter to determine if a threat existed," they wrote in a statement.

City Hall is located at 11th and Locust streets.

The KCI meeting will resume in two weeks. A city official said all other meetings that had been scheduled for the morning will take place in the afternoon.

Many staff members worked for home or retail establishments via computers, smartphones and iPads. Chris Hernandez, spokesman for the city, said the bomb threat was quite disruptive to city operations.

"We are not happy about it. We are taking this very seriously. That's why the FBI has been called in to assist with the investigation," he said.

 Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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