The Richland bomb squad investigated a suspicious package near 945 Goethals Drive in Richland Monday afternoon that turned out to be a suitcase full of tools.
The bomb squad used a device called a pan disrupter, which essentially shoots plugs filled with water at a high speed, into the suitcase to open it. A bomb squad technician fired two plugs into the suitcase, which ripped it open and exposed the tools inside.
Police got the call of the suspicious package around 2 p.m. and activated the bomb squad in part to be extra cautious because of the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon Monday morning, Capt. Mike Cobb said.
“I don’t know if the briefcase would have been called in if it were not for the sensitivity the public had on the Boston Marathon,” Capt. Cobb said. “I’d like to see this level of awareness happen all the time.”
None of the buildings near the suitcase were evacuated. People were allowed to come and go from the surrounding buildings.
The suitcase was under an electrical box next to Tri-City Orthopedics. Cobb said there was no threat made before the package was discovered.