Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Equitable Building bomb scare forces evacuation, Peachtree Street closure

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

A suspicious package sent to the Equitable Building brought part of Downtown to a screeching halt earlier this morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., Atlanta Police responded to 100 Peachtree Street and looked into a possible bomb threat. As a precautionary measure, authorities evacuated the 35-story building and shut down Peachtree Street between Auburn Avenue and Ellis Street.

APD spokeswoman Kim Jones tells CL that a man reportedly called the building this morning and "stated a bomb was delivered yesterday with other packages." Police are now attempting to track down the source of the call.

WSB-TV tweeted this photo of the scene:

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution photographer John Spink posted this tweet of the street reopening:

According to the AJC, an "explosives-sniffing" dog determined that the parcel was not dangerous.

"Atlanta Fire and rescue came out to the scene to help with blocking the street and side walk for pedestrian," Jones says. "The Airport K-9 Unit 2771 was not able to find, pick-up on or locate any box containing explosive material. A information report was completed."

Soon after, APD cleared the scene at 9:45 a.m., allowed people back into the Equitable Building, and reopened the thoroughfare to traffic.

NOTE: This post has been updated to include additional information regarding new developments

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