Whitman: Suspicious package that brought bomb squad just a bookbag

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Not a bomb, just a backpack. That’s what officials discovered after the State Police Bomb Squad was called to the Whitman Town Library Thursday afternoon to investigate a suspicious package.

Police say a librarian noticed a bookbag outside when they arrived at work on Thursday and sometime later in the day the bag was moved inside. The owner of the bag couldn’t be found, and by 3:30 p.m. police, fire and the State Police Bomb Squad were on scene.

(Photo Credit: Kevin Tocci) Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton and a patrolman checking the ID of tje individual who claimed the suspicious backpack

(Photo Credit: Kevin Tocci) Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton and a patrolman checking the ID of the individual who claimed the suspicious backpack

 

A reverse 911 call was sent out asking residents for information and a short time later a juvenile came forward and claimed his, harmless, bookbag.

Whitman Fire Chief Tim Grenno says the fact the bag was moved inside the building without anyone knowing about it made the situation seem suspicious and put them on high alert.

“It’s sad that in this day in age you need to be that vigilant, but as we know from recent incidents, anything can happen. And my job is to make sure the public is safe,” said Grenno.

Grenno says he’s also pleased at the effectiveness of the reverse 911 system in helping them clear up the situation quickly.

(Photo Credit: Kevin Tocci) Whitman Police and fire investigate the suspicious bag

(Photo Credit: Kevin Tocci) Whitman Police and fire investigate the suspicious bag

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