The suspicious package that shut down Noland Road for more than eight hours on Tuesday was not a public threat, the FBI said Friday.
FBI spokesperson Bridget Patton said the device in a box on the parking lot of Super 8 motel on South Lynn Court near Interstate 70 and Noland Road was not an explosive device.
“It was no threat to public safety as it turns out,” Patton said. “It was designed to look like an explosive device used in extreme sports but was not an explosive device.”
Patton said that a man called the FBI Tuesday when he heard the news and explained that the device they found was his and had been stolen from his vehicle.
Patton said the fake device was just likely discarded in the Super 8 lot by the person who stole it.
Patton would not confirm that a threat was called into a Super 8 employee prior to discovering the box in the parking lot, as one employee said on Tuesday.
Independence police – using robots and men dressed in haz-mat suits – dismantled the device Tuesday after closing down Noland Road between I-70 and 39th Street from approximately 9 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m.
Police called in the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and an ordnance team from Fort Dodge, Iowa, to assist in the investigation. The FBI took over the investigation after the device was dismantled.
Patton and Independence police spokesperson Tom Gentry said as of now there is no believed connection with the suspicious package that was found on a bus in Blue Summit on Aug. 16. That package turned out to be a hoax improvised explosive device.