Bomb Scare Forces Evacuation Of Mesquite UPS Center

Trucks lined up waiting... (LP Phillips/KRLD)

Trucks waiting to enter the UPS distribution center in Mesquite. (LP Phillips/KRLD)

MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) — Authorities evacuated the UPS distribution center in Mesquite on Thursday after an employee discovered a “suspicious” object.

The object was discovered around 7:30 a.m. by an employee who was repackaging a briefcase-sized package.

Sources at the scene described the package as a pipe with wires sticking out of it.

“What looks like a bomb sometimes is and sometimes isn’t,” said Mesquite Fire Department Captain Kelly Turner. “Sometimes people package things in such a way that makes us a little nervous — it obviously did the people at UPS.”

Though the object has not been identified, Turner says it was “disarmed”. Authorities, including the FBI, are now trying to determine if it was an explosive device.

Trucks attempting to enter the facility were temporarily sent to Town East Mall to wait.

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