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Aspen bomb a false alarm

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A suspicious package delivered to the Pitkin County Courthouse Thursday afternoon contained only paper documents, according to Aspen police.

A bomb squad from Grand Junction, using a portable X-ray device, determined the package did not contain dangerous materials.

The package was considered a potential threat after it was linked to a suspicious phone call received at a county government office on Wednesday, police said. The caller sent the package.

The package was moved to the county jail building and secured while authorities awaited the bomb squad.

See Friday’s Aspen Times for more on Thursday’s events.

4:58 p.m. – Authorities in Aspen have called a Grand Junction bomb squad in response to the arrival of a suspicious package Thursday afternoon at the Pitkin County Courthouse.

The public is has been asked to stay away from the vicinity of the courthouse and jail, located on Main Street, on the edge of the downtown core. The courthouse was not evacuated, however, and remained open shortly before 5 p.m.

“At this time, the package is contained and does not pose an immediate threat to the surrounding areas,” said a brief police press release. Authorities did not indicate why the package is considered suspicious.

The package is presently in an outdoor area of the jail.

The bomb squad is expected to arrive at about 6 p.m. Additional information will be made available following the squad’s investigation of the package, police said.


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