The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 22, 2013

Residents leave homes after suspicious package reported

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Clinton police evacuated several homes and shut down traffic Saturday afternoon after a suspicious package was reported near Main Avenue and North 12th Street.

At approximately 2:35 p.m. Clinton police were dispatched to the area stemming from a call made by a U.S. Postal Service worker advising that a suspicious item was lying next to the roadway on the north side of Main Avenue, according to Clinton Police Cpl. Jon Melvin.

Clinton police officers and Clinton firefighters inspected the item and determined based on its shape and size that it resembled a possible improvised explosive device (IED).

Several residents in the immediate area were notified of the situation and asked to evacuate their homes for safety. Several other outlying residents were notified to stay sheltered in place.

Traffic on Main Avenue was shut down from North 10th Street to Mill Creek Parkway.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office inspected the item and ruled it to be harmless and there was no danger to the public.

The incident remains under investigation.