Bomb scare closes Central Avenue

Officers found drug paraphernalia in backpack stashed under van

Posted: February 12, 2016 at 1:10 a.m.

A member of Bentonville’s Bomb Squad investigates a suspicious package Thursday in the parking lot south of the Benton County Courthouse and Administration Building in Bentonville. Police determined a backpack placed under a black van wasn’t hazardous.

A man headed to court stashed his backpack containing drug paraphernalia underneath a van in a nearby parking lot Thursday, setting off a bomb scare that closed downtown’s East Central Avenue for an hour, police said.

Deputy Joe Pruitt (left) and Sgt. Larry Hockenberry with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office look over contents Thursday of a backpack found in the par...

A map showing the location of the bomb scare.

Bomb calls

The Bentonville Bomb Squad is one of six in Arkansas and responds to calls in 17 counties. When the call came in at 1:10 p.m. the squad was out on another call, said Gene Page, Bentonville police spokesman.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department called the squad at 10:26 a.m. to Mayfield Bridge on Arkansas 45 near Goshen. The squad found two spent blasting camps under the bridge and they were removed by bomb technicians, according to a news release.

It’s possible the detonated caps were washed downstream from a rock quarry before getting stuck at the bridge, according to the release.

Source: Bentonville Police Department

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