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Bomb squad determines suspicious crate left outside Park Ridge Post Office did not pose threat

Friday, September 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Jennifer Johnson

A suspicious-looking container left in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office in Park Ridge prompted a call to police and the Cook County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad Friday.

Park Ridge Police Department Executive Officer Tom Gadomski said a postal employee contacted police around 8:30 a.m. after coming across a wooden crate that had been left in the northern section of the post office’s parking lot at Busse Highway and Elm Street.

The brown crate had black stenciled writing on it that indicated explosives were inside, Gadomski said.

Police contacted the Cook County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, which used an X-ray machine and a robotic device to determine the crate was empty and did not contain any explosives, Gadomski said.

The post office was evacuated and Elm Street between Northwest Highway and Busse Highway was closed to traffic until authorities could determine the crate did not pose a danger, he said.

The case has been turned over to the U.S. postal inspector, Gadomski said.

Why the crate was left outside the post office remained unclear.

“It could have been a hoax or just thrown out there. We’re not sure,” Gadomski said.

Twitter: @Jen_Tribune



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