Shelter-in-place order lifted as federal authorities continue to investigate suspicious device of white cylinders with wires found under a bus stop in downtown Louisville
- Five white cylinders with wires were found at a Louisville, Kentucky, bus stop around 8am on Friday
- Jefferson Street between Third and Sixth streets was shut down as a bomb squad investigated and removed the suspicious package
- The bomb squad was seen releasing a robot from an armored vehicle, which then rolled toward the bus stop and placed the device into a black bin
- All people confined within the area were asked to shelter in place by police until about 1.30pm.
- All traffic has resumed in the area with the exception of vehicle traffic on Jefferson between 4th to 5th streets
- The bus stop is located near City Hall and Metro Hall and it is unclear who discovered the suspicious package
Downtown Louisville was blocked off after a suspicious package of white cylinders with wires was found at a bus stop on Friday morning.
The suspicious package contained at least five white cylinders that were labeled Bomb 1 and 2 and was found bundled together behind a bench at the 5th Street and Jefferson Street bus stop.
The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) said the devices appeared to be a pipe with wires protruding from it, WHAS 11 reported.
It is unknown who discovered the bombs or who placed them at the bus stop.
The LMPD announced shortly before noon that it was ‘examining the object’ through X-rays and is ‘actively canvassing’ the area.
Authorities have not confirmed what the X-rays have found and Chief Erika Shields said the items are being ‘tested,’ but it is unknown when the results will be available.
According to Fox 10, the first cylinder leaked liquid, but the other ones did not.
Several streets were shut down as the LMPD’s bomb squad investigates the incident. Those confined within Jefferson between Third and Sixth Streets are asked to shelter in place.
That shelter in place order was lifted at around 1.30pm and traffic has resumed in the area with the exception of vehicle traffic on Jefferson between 4th and 5th streets.
Geared-up police and SWAT team members are investigating the surrounding area for ‘any other potential threats.’
Five white cylinder with wires attached and labeled Bomb 1 and 2 (pictured) were found at a Louisville bus stop around 8am on Friday
Police shut down the surrounding streets and the bomb squad released a robot (pictured) to collect the suspected bomb
The bomb robot helped authorities approach the suspected explosives safely
Video footage from WLKY’s Mark Vanderhoff shows the bomb squad releasing a robot from an armored vehicle, and it can be seen rolling toward the suspected bombs.
The robot was also seen placing the bombs into a black bin.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are also reportedly looking inside trash cans in the surrounding areas to see if there are more potential explosives around.
An officer was also seen wearing a ‘blast suit’ as he collected the bucket the robot put the suspected bombs in.
A Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) has also reportedly arrived on seen and men in hazmat suits are surveying the area.
At least 40 law enforcement vehicles were seen near the bus stop, according to WHAS 11.
The bus stop is located in a hot spot and is near City Hall and Metro Hall, according to WLKY.
The LMPD has also rescheduled its Recruits Graduation that was supposed to take place at Metro Hall ‘out of an abundance of caution.’
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
A bomb squad truck was seen outside the scene and men in hazmat and bombs suits were seen surveying the area