Archive for Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Paperweight in mail causes bomb scare

August 7, 2007


A threatening-looking object that spurred an employee evacuation Monday afternoon in the East Hills Business Park ultimately was determined to be a paperweight, Lawrence police said.

Emergency crews responded to the Vangent Data Center in the business park on the east edge of Lawrence shortly before 6 p.m. after an employee opened a package containing what looked like an explosive device. Employees were evacuated.

"It was a paperweight that looked like an old hand grenade," Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas said.

The package, originally sent by a person in California to a friend in Pennsylvania, had been mistakenly labeled and delivered to the Lawrence business. Thomas said police had contacted the sender and might simply throw away the object that caused such a ruckus.


Jason Kent 10 years, 8 months ago

They won't throw it away, go down to the police station, I bet you will see it sitting on someone's desk.

leadrain 10 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm. Police throwing away mail. Isn't that mail-tampering AND a Federal Offense?

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