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Suspicious Package Clears CATA Bus Station

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(WLNS) -A suspicious package prompts the evacuation of the CATA bus station downtown.

A bomb scare in downtown Lansing today after that suspicous package initially tested positive for explosives.

LPD officers and the MSP bomb squad were on the scene for hours this morning.

That suspicious package caused quite the scare this morning at the CATA transportation center on Grand Avenue downtown.

Everyone inside the station was evacuated just before 8:00 this morning as the bomb squad sent in robots hoping to get a better idea of what they were dealing with.

An abandoned brown case is responsible for forcing CATA riders and employees out into the streets this morning.

Lansing Police Sgt. Joe Brown explains, "We received a call of a suspicious package in the parking lot adjacent to the CATA bus station. When officers arrived they inspected the package, ran a bomb sniffing dog and it came back as a suspicious hit."

And with the threat of explosives looming streets around the station were closed down and the bomb squad was quickly called to the scene.

In order to safely check the contents of the package police sent in electronic robots to go into the scene, take an x-ray then come back.

Police say those robots are so technologically advanced they were actually able to use an employee swipe card to gain access to the threat area without assistance.

But once inside x-rays showed no threat inside the case.

"It was textbook response; it was great with the bomb squad. They were here in a short time. LFD had units on standby, if this were a training scenario it'd be an A+," added Sgt. Brown.

And CATA didn't miss a beat either,  still running buses from outside the station as the whole incident played out so service throughout the city continued uninterrupted.

The scene was cleared by 11:00 a.m.   And the bus station was up and running shortly after.

Police say it's likely the initial K-9 response was just a false positive but it's always better safe than sorry..

A relief to first responders who say the situation could have gone either way.

 

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