Gift sparks bomb scare at fire station in Peoria

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 12 at 9:51 AM

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PEORIA, Ariz. – A gift left at a Peoria fire station sparked a bomb scare Friday morning.

It happened shortly before 8 a.m. at Fire Station #197 at 77th Avenue and Jomax Road in Peoria.

Firefighters said an unidentified woman backed her car into one of the bays and placed a package by the back-flow preventer. She then got back into her car and waved at firefighters before leaving. She never said a word.

Thinking that odd and a bit suspicious, the firefighters went to see what the woman left and saw what appeared to be a bag.

Not taking any chances, the station was evacuated and the Peoria bomb squad was called in to take a look.

Aerial video from the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper showed several firefighters milling around some distance from the building as a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler made their way through the property.

Jomax Road was closed in the area while of this was going on.

The suspicious package turned out to be a blue gift bag containing a firefighter belt buckle and a T-shirt. There was also a card with a heart on it. The bag apparently was meant to be a well-intentioned thank-you gift.

Once the scene was cleared and the tension passed, firefighters were laughing about the situation.

They said if you ever want to drop off a gift at a fire station, just knock on the door and do it face to face.

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