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NOPD: Suspicious Package Found in Mid-City, Bomb Squad Retrieves Devices


(Updated 5:00 p.m.)

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

New Orleans Police said they have found a suspicious package in a vehicle near a Mid-City Whitney Bank in the 3300 block of Canal St. Employees of the bank, located at the corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Pkwy., and neighbors are being evacuated from the area, a NOPD spokesman said. Public transportation in the area has stopped. The New Orleans Fire Department and NOPD's Special Operations Division are on the scene.

 

UPDATE: Police found 8 devices in the vehicle

About 9:30 a.m., a private duty police detail officer working at Whitney Bank noticed that a brown Ford F-150 had been parked in the bank parking lot since Friday, according to police.

 

He approached the truck to try to see if there was a driver present. When he opened the door, the devices in the car began to smoke and spark. The officer then shut the door and alerted authorities.

 

The premise was immediately evacuated, and a bomb team was on the scene within minutes, NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson said. The bomb technicians deployed a bomb robot, which retrieved three of the devices from the vehicle. The bomb technician then went to physically check the truck for more devices, and found five. The devices were then placed in a bomb pod.

 

The devices resembled wrapped candlesticks, Robertson said.

 

New Orleans Police have not released any information about possible suspects.

 

UPDATE 2 p.m. All roads were open except Jeff Davis Pkwy. in the downtown direction between Canal & Iberville. Streetcars are now in service.

 

UPDATE 5 p.m. Device could've been explosive

The devices found could've caused a lot more than a mid-day traffic headache. A NOPD spokesman said that the bomb team found combustible compound in the devices that could have caused an explosion. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with NOPD in this investigation, and has taken the devices to their labs for further analysis. The suspect responsible for this crime can now face federal jail time and fines, the spokesman said. 




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