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Device in Downtown Labeled Hazardous by Springfield Bomb Squad

Springfield CVB hopes to attract out-of-state tourists to places such as the downtown square. /Credit: Kaitlyn Schwers
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Springfield CVB hopes to attract out-of-state tourists to places such as the downtown square. /Credit: Kaitlyn Schwers

The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad says that a suspicious looking object at Park Central Square on Saturday has been removed from the area and rendered safe.

According to a news release from the city, passersby noticed the object around 9:00 pm. Saturday. They notified a police officer who then contacted the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad.

Bomb technicians evaluated the object and determined it was a hazardous device. It was taken away from the square using the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) robot. It was taken to a vacant area and rendered safe. No other details about the device were provided.

This case is open and under investigation. Fire marshals will use surveillance camera footage to help determine the identity of the responsible person.

To submit a confidential tip, the city asks that you can call 417-869-TIPS (8477) or text 417SPD plus your message or photo to CRIMES (274637).