'Suspicious package' near Cowboys Stadium is false alarm

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Posted on January 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 29 at 9:30 AM

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ARLINGTON —A report of a suspicious package tossed into a storm drain near the site of Super Bowl XLV Friday morning prompted a full response from security agencies.

Security personnel observed someone who got out of a vehicle and  appeared to place something into the drain in the median of Randol Mill Road on north perimeter of the Cowboys Stadium property, adjacent to a Walmart store, around 8 a.m.

Arlington Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Self said what happened next was "fairly routine."

Bomb disposal and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene to inspect the area while the perimeter was sealed off.

A manhole cover was removed and remote inspection cameras were deployed to search the storm drain for any suspicious contents.

"There is no threat; there is no device," Self said. "Other than routine trash, that's it."

It was the second response to a report of suspicious package in North Texas in two days. On Thursday, a downtown Dallas office building was evacuated after bomb-sniffing dogs "hit" on a FedEx envelope in the basement. Police later determined that were no explosives. 

 

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