Robot Used to Investigate Bomb Scare at Nebraska Post Office

A robot paid a visit to the Post Office thanks to a bomb scare. A suspicious package left at the North Platte post office was reported to the Nebraska State Patrol. They in turn examined the 2 feet high and 3 feet wide box using a bomb disposal robot.

The box was left in the lobby of the post office and an x-ray of the package by the state patrol led to the officials calling Grand Island for the bomb disposal robot. NSP trooper J.J. Connelly said that what they saw was consistent with a timer device and wiring, plus we had no way of knowing what type of liquid was in the lamp.

They decided to use the robot because that way, no one got hurt. Police blocked the traffic from Third Street from Bailey to Chestnut while a Nebraska State Patrol bomb technician investigated the box. The Lincoln County Emergency Management and the FBI representatives were also present.

Jim Nitz, the Lincoln County Emergency Management Director said that he building, which is home to several federal offices, was nearly vacant at the time the box was found. Nitz said that they did not have to evacuate the building because no one was there working on a Saturday.

When the box was opened it was found to contain a lava lamp, VCR, DVD player, clock and humidifier. NSP trooper J.J. Connelly added that as far as their investigation went they were done. They did not know if the box had been left there by accident or on purpose. Surveillance video may be able to solve that mystery.

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