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Salt Lake City Police seeking information on package that prompted bomb squad

May 27, 2022, 9:25 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:33 am

Salt Lake City Police Department bomb squad robot in the back of a van....

The Hazardous Devices Unit used two robots to inspect the suspicious package. Photo credit: Salt Lake City Police Department.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department said it was looking for information after a mysterious package prompted a bomb squad investigation Thursday night. 

A 911 call about a suspicious package at 1345 South Foothill Drive alerted the SLCPD to the situation. The package was placed at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

 

Police said surveillance video showed a man putting down a backpack in a suspicious manner before immediately leaving.

Officers evacuated parts of the hotel and shut down Foothill Drive between 1300 South to 2300 East as they secured the scene.

The SLCPD said the on-scene commander requested the assistance of the Hazardous Devices Unit, known as HDU, and members of the SLCPD Airport Division’s K-9 Squad also responded to the situation.

The HDU used two robots in order to safely investigate the backpack. 

The SLCPD said, “After conducting their field investigation, the HDU did not find an explosive threat. The material inside the backpack is described as personal items.”

Because the investigation is ongoing, the police department will not specify what items were found in the backpack.

The SLCPD said it lifted evacuation orders and road closures by 1:07 a.m.

Police asked that anyone who has information on the person who dropped off the backpack call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-99097.

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Salt Lake City Police seeking information on package that prompted bomb squad