Police investigate suspicious package near St. Vincent de Paul in Junction City
EUGENE, Ore. – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a suspicious package near St. Vincent de Paul in Junction City Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, a bomb squad and FBI responded to a report of a suspicious package at 3:42 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul at 333 Ivy Street. Dispatch told the employee who called 911 to evacuate the building.
The first officer arrived at 3:47 p.m. to find a black backpack leaning against the north corner of the glass entry way.
Officials secured a perimeter around the store and bomb technicians from Oregon State Police surveyed the scene.
Police officers sent photos of the backpack to the bomb technicians while they were enroute to Junction City. After reviewing the photos, the technicians felt the pack posed viable threat and told officers not to approach it.
Bomb technicians attempted to X-ray the pack, but when they didn’t get results they decided to use a controlled explosive to detonate the package at 6:06 p.m.
After the detonation, officials determined the bag was filled with books and toys.
Police cleared the scene around 6:20 p.m.
Police commend store employees for calling 911 and following the dispatcher's directions to evacuate the building.