BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A suspicious package was found on the Erie County Safety Campus Thursday night. The threat shutdown the area around the campus on Elm Street for hours. Eventually, we found out the package was not dangerous.
The entire ordeal made for some tense moments Thursday night, as nobody really knew what was going on or what to expect. Luckily, everything ended safely.
It all started around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a security guard at the Erie County Public Safety Campus noticed a metal box on a concrete barricade near the public safety building. He called Buffalo Police who brought in the Erie County Sheriff’s bomb squad.
Erie County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad Lt. Bill Cranston said, “We did some diagnostics on it, we couldn't truly what was inside so we took some render-safe actions on the package to make sure that if it was some sort of device or explosive left behind by someone that no one would get hurt.”
Around 10 p.m. a boom was heard.
“That loud boom that you heard was our remote disruptive tool that opened up for us so we didn't have to do a hand entry on it,” said Cranston.
The contents of the package were determined to be non explosive, in fact a spokesperson told News 4 it was a power tool. The package and the items inside were collected as evidence, and an investigation continues Friday morning.
The campus includes a regional 911 call center, emergency operations command center and forensic labs.
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