Toolbox Detonated By Bomb Squad Contained Chemicals

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The Omaha Police Bomb Squad detonated a suspicious package found downtown Friday afternoon.

Police told Channel 6 News witnesses saw two men pull up in a truck and drop off a toolbox near a vehicle at 14th and Capitol, then drive away around 3 p.m. The box was later X-rayed, but there were no tools inside, just bottles of unknown and potentially dangerous chemicals.

"I don't think it was accidental,” said OPD Sgt. Matt Manhart. “Obviously, the information we have is two unknown individuals stopped, took the time to take this container out of their vehicle and place it there, so it wasn't like a toolbox had slid out of a construction vehicle."

The Bomb Squad said the chemicals weren't mixed together, but they took caution just in case. The chemicals were to be tested to determine if they would have been combustible if mixed. The decision was made to do a controlled detonation of the toolbox, which happened just before 5 p.m.

People leaving work came upon quite a scene. "I didn't know if it was something to be worried about, if a box had fallen out of a truck and we didn't have anything to worry about, but it was interesting that it happened across the street,” said Colin Herr.

Many were glad everything turned out alright. “Seems like they've got it under control. They've got the police out here."

Police plan to search through surveillance video of the area in hopes of identifying the two suspects. Police also said this was not related to the suspicious package found Thursday near 55th and Center.


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