Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)By Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After a bomb blast over the weekend in New York, and an un-exploded bomb found near a 5K run in New Jersey, police here shut down streets around city hall when four suspicious packages were discovered.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says it turned out to be three duffle bags of clothing, probably from the homeless, and another bag containing electronics — a circuit board and some wires.

“So you saw today with the world that we live in, after events in New Jersey and Manhattan over the weekend, St. Louis is prepared,” Dotson said. “We responded to a call at city hall with suspicious packages and our Bombing and Arson people made sure that there was no threat to anyone.”

Bomb and Arson Containment Truck, used to isolate potentially explosive devices

Bomb and Arson Containment Truck, used to isolate potentially explosive devices. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

The packages were discovered near 14th and Clark, just southwest of city hall, around mid-morning. Police shut down all streets, north, south, east and west around the block. The all-clear was given around noon.

Dotson says his department tries to strike a balance in responding to possible terror events, and they were prepared to move it to the next level if investigators had determined a real explosive device was present.

“So you can disrupt the device where it sits, you can transport it the device in a containment vessel to a safe place,” he said. “We made decisions today to shelter in place, not to evacuate city hall, we sheltered in place.”

As a precaution, police inside city hall did ask workers on the west side of the building to move away from windows in case of an explosion.

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  1. Mike Franks says:

    It most likely belonged to one of the many homeless in the area.

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