Bomb scare shuts down campus

Published 09/17 2012 10:39PM

Updated 09/18 2012 04:38AM

CHAMPAIGN -- A suspicious package on the UI campus turns out to be nothing dangerous. But finding that out started with a bang.

The UI's bomb squad's robot disrupted the suspicious luggage using a mini-explosive. Police say they needed to zap the bag because that would have stopped any explosive from detonating.

Luckily, there wasn't one inside. All this happened near 6th Street and Armory Avenue. Police got a call about a bag left on the sidewalk.

One nearby building was evacuated. Police then blocked off all the roads near the scene.

"On my way to my meteorology class I walked past down that street right there and I saw a black suitcase just sitting on the sidewalk and I assumed that somebody just left it there," said student Logan Nagel.

"Certainly with the number of students and pedestrians it made it more difficult to contain," said Troy Daniels, Champaign Deputy Chief of Police. "We had to certainly make sure there were more officers around to make sure people wouldn't accidentally walk by it."

Daniels wouldn't go into specifics, but he says the bag was filled items you'd expect to find inside. His next step is to find the owner and figure out why it was left there.

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