Feb 252013
 

Police officials arrive at the Whitney Bank at Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway to investigate a suspicious device found in a vehicle in the parking lot Monday morning. (Marta Jewson, MidCityMessenger.com)

Bomb technicians safely removed eight incendiary devices from a pickup truck in the parking lot of a bank at Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway Monday, according to police spokesman Frank Robertson.

The investigation began when an officer noticed the item in a truck parked in the parking lot around 9 a.m. Monday, according to NOPD Garry Flot, another department spokesman. The bank employees and nearby neighbors were evacuated as the New Orleans Fire Department and the NOPD Special Operations Division brought in to investigate, Flot said.

Police gather around the truck where eight incendiary devices were found Monday (photo by Marta Jewson for MidCityMessenger.com)

The police officer was working a private detail at the bank and was alerted that there had been a vehicle parked in the parking lot since Friday, said Robertson. The police officer has prior military experience and recognized an incendiary device when he opened the truck’s door, Robertson said.

“It had a timer and it also had a fuse on it and it was smoldering,” said Robertson.

“Something activated, because it began to sizzle,” said Robertson, adding the officer then observed smoke and quickly closed the vehicle door.

“Initially, our bomb robot went into the truck and found three inside,” said Robertson.

When a bomb squad sergeant then moved in on the vehicle he found five more devices, said Robertson. The eight incendiary devices have been placed in a “bomb-pod”, said Robertson, who described them as looking like candlesticks, “almost TNT like”.

The bomb-pod is being taken to a location where the devices will be examined and possibly detonated, said Robertson.

Police are trying to locate the owner of the truck, said Robertson.

Robertson estimated 100 people were evacuated from the area. Streetcars were also stopped from running past the location.

Nearby Warren Easton High School was place on a brief lock-down said Principal Alexina Medley. The school was placed on a precautionary lock-down, but after speaking with police Medley said she was told the school was not in “imminent danger” and the lock-down was lifted.

The scene was cleared after about 5 hours. Traffic was passing one direction on Canal Street toward downtown at 1:30 p.m.

  3 Responses to “Eight incendiary devices removed from truck in parking lot of Canal Street bank, police say”

  1. [...] The devices were discovered on Monday morning Feb. 25 when a police officer working a private detail at Whitney Bank went to examine a truck that had been parked in the lot over the weekend. When the officer opened the truck door, he observed a device with a timer and fuse that began “sizzling” and smoking, said police spokesman Frank Robertson at the scene that day. [...]

  2. [...] to evacuate about 100 residents, temporarily closing some businesses and streets in the vicinity. Authorities removed eight incendiary devices from the truck that day. No one was injured.  Add [...]

  3. [...] back-up which resulted in an hours-long investigation in which police and bomb technicians found eight incendiary devices inside the truck in the bank’s parking lot at Canal Street and Jefferson Davis [...]

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