The Texarkana Arkansas Police have released details regarding this morning’s bomb scare at the Bi-State Building in downtown Texarkana. After the discovery of a suspicious package, the building was evacuated before 9:00 am and a special Bomb Squad was called in from El Dorado Arkansas.
On the 18th day of March 2019, at 0840 hours, a citizen at the Bi-State Justice Center (100 North Stateline Ave.) observed what they believed to be a suspicious package on the northeast corner of the Bi-State Jail. They immediately reported the package at which time the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department responded.
Upon arrival, officers located a small package with three glass cylinders inside. The cylinders had unknown writing or symbols written on the outside and an unknown substance was inside with what appeared to be wires extending from the base.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department immediately secured the area, and issued an evacuation notice for the Bi-State Justice Building, as well as, surrounding businesses. The El Dorado Bomb Squad responded and found that their response was warranted. They advised that the positioning of the package and the cylinders inside were suspicious in nature. After conducting their investigation, the El Dorado Bomb Squad deemed the suspicious package safe to move and placed it into a hardened container and removed to a safe location for further investigation.
They later advised that the material inside the cylinders were deemed non-hazardous and the package was rendered safe.
And as always, if you see any suspicious persons or activity, call the police promptly. Anyone with information of any crime is strongly urged to contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.