UPDATE: Suspicious Package Cleared; People Return Home



by Shannon  Cay




The Bentonville Bomb Squad is called to Harrison this morning for a report of a suspicious package.

A possible make-shift bomb is being taken to the state crime lab, after being located tree in the Eagle Heights neighborhood in Harrison, this (Thursday) Afternoon.

Police Chief Paul Woodruff says at about 8:30 Thursday morning, his department was alerted to a suspicious package, blocks away from an elementary school.

Shortly after, 30 homes were evacuated in the immediate area for safety and the Bentonville Bomb Squad was called, according to Woodruff.

He says the bomb specialists were on the scene by 11:00 a.m. and had the suspicious looking package safe. Woodruff says it is described as a possible mix of chemical compounds, in a container, with a fuse coming from the top.

Officials say those evacuated were able to return to their homes by noon on Thursday and no one was hurt. Woodruff adds this is an ongoing investigation.


Superintendent of the Harrison School District, Melinda Moss reports this:



HARRISON, Ark. – People in the Eagle Heights area of Harrison are evacuated from their homes this morning, after a report of a suspicious bag.

According to Chief Paul Woodruff, the an officer called to a large tree, near a field (shown in photo above) to check out the suspicious package.



He says when the officer checked it out, he found some wires.  The Harrison Police Department then called in the Bentonville Bomb Squad to remove the bag. Fire and Police are currently on the scene, waiting.

Woodruff says 30 Homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.

Washington Street will be blocked off from Highway 7 to 3rd Street, according to the department.

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