Suspicious Package Determined To Be Trash

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- An entire parade was put on hold this morning as police were looking into a suspicous discovery.

The Kansas Shrine Bowl Parade took a different route Saturday morning.

As people were re-directed to Kansas Avenue, one street over at 8th and Jackson, police were looking into an entirely different matter.

"They said there was danger and moved us to the other side of the street, then they moved us a block over," witness Justin Wilcox said.

Wilcox's car was closed-off in a two block radius as Kansas Highway Patrol and Topeka Police brought out a bomb robot to investigate a suspicous package.

"One of the people who came down to the Shriner's parade happened to open this box that has rental property ads in it and saw the package in there," Sergeant Byron Endsley said.

The box was a green Apartment Finder bin on the corner of 8th and Jackson streets.

After the robot removed the package a short time later, officers found out it was trash.

"It was in a brown paper bag," Endsley said. "The way it was folded, it didn't look like trash to begin with, that's why the person who found it flagged down an officer."

The bag was reportedly folded neatly. It was determined that someone threw it in the bin by mistake.

Wilcox said he was never really worried, and just waited it out.

"I'm from a small town, none of this stuff ever happens. I'm not really that worried."

But police can't take any chances when so many people are in one location.

Endsley said it was better to be safe than sorry. "The world we live in is kind of unsafe, so we want to take every precaution, and it didn't cost that much time to do it correctly."

The Shrine Bowl Parade was restricted to Kansas Avenue only,

8th and Jackson reopened to pedestrians and traffic around 11:20 a.m.


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