Council Bluffs Dealing With Suspicious Packages

Authorities in Council Bluffs are up in arms after four suspicious packages were delivered in the area.

Law enforcement says none of them have been dangerous yet, but they're still looking for the sender.

Sonny Wiles was relaxing in Bayless Park Thursday, but in the back of his mind, he was concerned.

“It's kind of scary really. You never know what's going to happen next! I mean, the next thing you know, it's going to be over here at the courthouse,” he said.

Wiles was referring to the four suspicious packages recently delivered in Council Bluffs.

It started last Thursday when an envelope with an unknown powder came to the Pottawattamie Sheriff's Department.

On Monday, another envelope, this one containing a vile of unknown liquid.

Both substances turned out to be non-toxic.

“We have not had it happen. Many times, there's nothing hazardous about it. It's meant to alarm, or cause panic or fear, or something like that,” says Jefferey Danker, Pottawattamie County Sheriff.

The return address listed on the envelopes said they were sent from Carter Lake, but after investigating, they found the address wasn't connected.

"We do not believe the person who, the return address that it came to, was actually involved in it,” Danker says.

Another suspicious package was returned to that address Tuesday.

Then yesterday, the Council Bluffs Police got involved when someone dropped off another package with powder at Council Bluffs Water Works.

It too turned out to be a false alarm.

For Wiles, there's a lot of strange activity, but he feels like the city is in good hands.

“Oh I feel safe on that part. We have a pretty good police force here in town, I think anyway. If something happens, they're there on the spot,” he says.

Authorities are still investigating the packages, and so far, they say it seems they're all connected.

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