FBI, Mesquite investigate suspicious package at UPS Distribution Center



Bio | Email | Follow: @MarcusMoorewfaa


Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 12:27 PM

Mesquite UPS Distribution Center

View larger map

MESQUITE –– At least 30 semi-trucks lined up outside the UPS Distribution Center Thursday as FBI agents and the Mesquite Police Department's bomb squad investigated a suspicious package found inside. 

Captain Kelly Turner said the package was discovered while it was being transferred from one truck to another at the facility in the 4200 block of Samuell Boulevard in Mesquite.

Around 7:30 a.m., UPS evacuated employees and called police. Officials gave the all-clear around 10 a.m. It was unclear whether the device was actually a bomb.

"What looks like a bomb sometimes is and sometimes isn't," Turner said. "Sometimes people package things in such a way that makes us a little nervous. Obviously the people at UPS did a good job letting us know that it was out here. … We won't know for quite some time whether or not this was a device."

Turner said it appeared the package originated in Ohio. A spokesperson with UPS said she did not have any details about the package, where it originated or where it was headed.

UPS said operations were disrupted, but that most customers will likely receive their packages on time. At least 30 18-wheeler semi trucks were lined up outside the distribution center. 

The bomb scare and subsequent evacuation affected some sorting operations, but not deliveries.  There may be delays with some air express packages, the company said.

Email mmoore@wfaa.com