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Bomb squad responds to suspicious package at Columbia Police Department

Saturday, June 11, 2011 | 7:43 p.m. CDT
A Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad technician walks away from the Columbia Police Department office on Walnut Street after inspecting a suspicious package that was brought to the station by a worried Columbia resident. The package contained household electronic equipment.

COLUMBIA — Police cars, a firetruck and the Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad lined a section of Walnut Street between Fifth and Seventh streets in response to the delivery of a suspicious package to the Columbia Police Department.

A Columbia man brought the package to the front desk of the department and told police he had received it at his home. He was concerned with what looked like Arabic writing on the label, Sgt. Jill Wieneke of the Columbia Police Department said.

The man, who lives on the southwest side of town, told police the package was labeled with the correct address but was not addressed to him, Wieneke said.

Police removed the package from the building and set it outside on Sixth Street between Walnut and Broadway, she said.

The bomb squad arrived at about 5:50 p.m. and X-rayed the package about 25 minutes later. The bomb squad cut out the bottom of the package and revealed a piece of household electronic equipment, which the bomb squad determined was harmless, Wieneke said.

She said the name on the package appeared to be an Arabic name, but there was no other Arabic writing on it.


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Mike Bellman June 12, 2011 | 3:14 a.m.

Darwin swings, misses.

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Louis Schneebaum June 13, 2011 | 2:23 a.m.

Wow, how embarrassing. It's like that one time I freaked out over that insignificant thing, just because it in Arabic.

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Paul Allaire June 13, 2011 | 9:02 a.m.

Send it to IRAQ!!!

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Tracy Greever-Rice June 17, 2011 | 3:21 p.m.

I'd sure like to know the total cost of this operation as well as if the name was actually written in Arabic letters or was an English spelling of a potentially non-western name.

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Tracy Greever-Rice June 20, 2011 | 7:32 a.m.

I'd sure like to know the total cost of this operation as well as if the name was actually written in Arabic letters or was an English spelling of a potentially non-western name.

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frank christian June 20, 2011 | 8:07 a.m.

So much, I suppose, for the Homeland Security recommendation, to prevent terrorist attacks, "If you see something, say something!" http://www.dhs.gov/files/reportincidents....

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