Bomb scare false alarm at Twin City IRS facility
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Bomb scare false alarm at Twin City IRS facility

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BLOOMINGTON — A bomb squad using a robot to retrieve two suspicious packages Friday at an Internal Revenue Service facility in Bloomington found 1040 tax forms inside, but police don’t regret the trouble they went to.

“It’s important that we take the precaution, because if we didn’t and ... it is something that blows up, who knows how many people would’ve been killed?” said Bloomington police spokesman Dave White said at the scene of the bomb scare.

Police were called about noon to the IRS distribution center at 1201 Mitsubishi Motorway when the packages were found inside the mailroom.

Secretary of State Police, who handle bomb threats, were called to the scene along with Department of Homeland Security officials. Among them were officers in bulky ordnance disposal bodysuits, and they also had a trailer containing an armored, spherical chamber for containing explosive devices.

The parking lot outside the freight dock was cordoned off to keep people at a safe distance, but employees weren’t evacuated. The boxes, which had what White said were incorrect postal markings, were X-rayed, but the results were inconclusive.

About 3:30 p.m., the robot — a wheeled device with mechanical arms and a camera — was sent in to pick up and carry the boxes a safe distance behind the building so employees could go to their cars and leave.

The first box was cut open after 4:30 p.m. Once the contents were revealed, a heavily armored bomb squad member opened the second box.

Police declared the area safe by 5 p.m.

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