No Threat at State Capitol, Suspicious Package Deemed Safe

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- After investigating a suspicious package at the State Capitol, the Des Moines Police Department has concluded the area is safe.

Police initially received a call regarding a suspicious package found at the State Capitol around 10:50 a.m. Saturday. The package was located on the ledge of the Pioneers of the Territory statue at the western entrance, according to police.

Authorities blocked the entrance and a bomb squad was investigating the situation. One bomb squad member moved the package from the ledge of the statue to the sidewalk, and two robots were brought in to investigate the package further.

The robots took x-rays of the suspicious package and fired two disruption shots during the investigation.

A veterans PTSD resource fair was held at the State Capitol on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.