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Bomb squad removes 'suspicious device' from La Vista dumpster

Bomb squad removes 'suspicious device' from La Vis
Posted at 10:22 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 23:24:21-04

Folks who live in a quiet La Vista neighborhood got a scare around dinner-time. Police had to call in the bomb squad to an apartment complex.

Police shut down several blocks near 87th and Brentwood to clear the area before a 'suspicious device' was removed from a dumpster. 

La Vista Police were hesitant to label the device a bomb, but said that they planned to take the device to a remote location to detonate it. Police found the device in a dumpster in the parking lot of the Inwood Village apartments, which are just off 87th and Brentwood. 

They say anyone could have planted it in the trash. 

“We have no idea, it's a dumpster sitting in a parking lot, anybody could have come on by, it could have been a resident or it could have been somebody driving by, walking by. So we have no information on that at this time, says Officer Mark Walter, La Vista Police. 

The OPD Bomb Squad appeared to take a cylindrical device out of the dumpster and then searched the trash for several more minutes to ensure no other dangerous devices were inside.
Longtime neighborhood resident Sue Watson says these type of events do not happen often in her neck of the woods. 

"I was shocked, yeah for something in this neighborhood, usually it's a pretty quiet neighborhood, I've lived in this neighborhood for almost 46 years."

After being called around 4 p.m., police were able to clear the threat and open up the streets in less than two hours. 

Representatives for the apartment complex where the bomb was found did not wish to speak with 3 News Now, saying they had "no comment."