A suspicious package in the church of Texarkana deemed non-dangerous

TEXARKANA, Ark. – A suspicious package discovered Tuesday morning inside College Hill Baptist Church was detonated by a clearance team on Tuesday afternoon and was found to be nothing explosive or dangerous.

The discovery of the package led to the evacuation of nearby residents and the mobilization of the bomb squad from the El Dorado police department.

“The information we have did not indicate that it was anything explosive, but it is the policy of the bomb squad, regardless, to put the package in a container and make a detonation. controlled, ”said Staff Sgt. Rick Cockrell, spokesperson for the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

The package exploded around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the scene was cleaned up, Cockrell said.

The FBI is investigating the incident because the package was found in a church. TAPD agents were unable to comment on the contents of the package due to FBI involvement, Cockrell said.

The package was discovered around 10 a.m. on Tuesday by Henry Hollins, a deacon at the church. Hollins said that when he arrived at church to check mail and take care of other business, he noticed things were a mess. As he entered the shrine, he noticed an unusual box in one of the benches.

“It had on top, ‘Don’t move. Go explode.’ It prompted me to call 9-1-1, ”Hollins said.

“He found an unlocked door at the church and when he walked in to see if anything was missing or messy he noticed a suspicious package and called us,” Lt. Scott Megason said. , spokesperson for the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. .

Once police arrived, they began securing the area around the church, which is at the intersection of Mary and Rose Streets in the College Hill neighborhood of Texarkana, Arkansas. The TAPD also asked a bomb squad to investigate and dispose of the package, Megason said.

The Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department also responded to the incident.

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