Archive for Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Explosive response team called to report of suspicious object just east of Lawrence

January 25, 2012, 10:19 a.m.

Updated: January 25, 2012, 11:31 a.m.

UPDATE:

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger at 11:10 a.m. said the object found Wednesday morning east of Lawrence was an older piece of a natural gas line that had been replaced and was not anything dangerous.

Sheriff's officials earlier called in a bomb squad from the Overland Park Fire Department to investigate it as a precaution.

"The orignal call we received was that it migh be explosive device," Hornberger said. "We took appropriate safety measures and had the Overland Park explosive team respond, to make sure that there was not a danger to the public or anyone else."

Our previous story:

A bomb squad from Overland Park has been called to examine a suspicious object found Wednesday morning in an area east of Lawrence, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.

Douglas County authorities responded at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a suspicious device in the 1600 block of North 1500 Road, which is the extension of 15th Street east of Lawrence, he said.

At 9:45 a.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s officers, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper, firefighters and a representative of Atmos Energy appeared to be examining something at a distance, south of the road and west of the railroad tracks in the area. Members of the Overland Park Fire Department’s “explosive response team” were called in to examine the device to determine what it is.

“It’s my understanding there are no homes or businesses in danger at this time,” Hornberger said. “We have the area sealed off, and we are waiting for the arrival of the Overland Park Fire Department.”

The road was closed Wednesday morning.

Jim Bartling, an Atmos Energy spokesman, said a suspicious object was found near the area where the company receives natural gas for distribution.

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