Suspicious device removed from Bi-State Justice Center, evacuation lifted

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A bomb squad has determined that the suspicious device found outside the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana Monday morning and prompted an evacuation was not hazardous. 

However, the El Dorado Bomb Squad’s response was warranted, according to a statement from the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Now, investigators are working to find out who left it there. 

It was spotted by a passer-by in the bushes at the northeast corner of the building around 8:40 Monday morning. The building was evacuated, along with surrounding businesses. 

Officers called to the scene arrived to find a small package with three glass cylinders inside. They say the cylinders had unknown writing or symbols written on the outside and an unknown substance was inside with what appeared to be wires extending from the base.

A bomb squad was called in from El Dorado, Arkansas to evaluate the situation. The device was moved with the help of a specialized robot to a secure location.

“The positioning of the package and the cylinders inside were suspicious in nature,” according to TAPD. “After conducting their investigation, the El Dorado Bomb Squad deemed the suspicious package safe to move and placed it into a hardened container and removed to a safe location for further investigation.

They later advised that the material inside the cylinders were deemed non-hazardous and the package was rendered safe.”

Police say they are looking at surveillance footage from the area in an effort to find out who left the package outside the building, which houses the Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas police departments, along with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office and the city and district courts. 

TAPD asks that anyone who sees any suspicious persons or activity call the police promptly. 
Anyone with information of any crime is strongly urged to contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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