Springfield bomb squad investigates possible explosives in vehicle off Chestnut Expressway
Police arrested a fugitive out of Massachusetts after an officer spotted the suspect in the main post office.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -
Springfield police have reopened traffic on Chestnut Expressway near the post office after investigating a possible bomb threat. The Springfield Fire Department’s bomb squad used a robot to search a stolen car for explosives. The robot did not find any explosive material. The car has been towed from the post office parking lot.
Massachusetts authorities had alerted Springfield police about a wanted man possibly being in the area. Officers spotted the suspect around 2:00 p.m. and arrested him in the post office parking lot. Investigators searched the suspect’s car after receiving information the man may have had explosives.
Several law enforcement agencies are involved in this investigation, including the FBI. The suspect’s name has not been released yet.
Springfield police have shut down traffic in the 500 block of Chestnut Expressway as the bomb squad investigates a possible threat.
Marilyn Sledge asked, “In Springfield? A bomb? For real?
She says she was just running some errands in central Springfield when she stumbled upon police activity on Chestnut Expressway.
“I was coming from work to the post office to do some business and it was blocked off. I thought something was going on at the Fast and Friendly because I saw the police and the ambulance,” she explained.
Springfield Police got a tip from authorities in Massachusetts about a wanted man who may be traveling through the area in a stolen vehicle. A patrol officer near the city’s main post office spotted him around 2 pm Wednesday afternoon.
“With the information that we had, that he could be traveling with explosives, obviously we had to take that as a serious offense,” said Lieutenant Steve Schwind.
The unknown fugitive was arrested without any problems in the parking lot of the post office.
But authorities took extra precautions. They evacuated the area and blocked off Chestnut Expressway between Grant and Campbell Avenues. The Springfield Fire Department’s Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.
“He could be a danger to himself and the community in general,” said Lt. Schwind.
Sledge says she’s not surprised that this happened.
“It could happen anywhere with everything happening everywhere. It’s just happening every day all day,” she said.
However she says she still feels safe living in Springfield.
“I see that they’re all around. They are trying to protect us. That’s the main thing. They’re protecting us as best as they can. You never know. You just never know. I say be careful. Everybody stay safe,” she said.
Investigators called out the Springfield Fire Department’s bomb squad to check out possible explosives in a black vehicle parked at the post office with its trunk open. A robot is getting a closer look at what’s in the vehicle. Traffic in the area will be blocked off until the fire marshal gives the all clear.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
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