Suspicious Package Dismantled Thursday at West End Bank of America

Top guns with the Atlanta Police Bomb Response Unit use robots and "the right stuff" to dismantle suspicious package found at bank front door Thursday.

West End Atlanta residents got a chance to see just how prepared the city's homeland security operation is when trained police personnel dismantled a suspicious bag found Thursday just before 9 a.m. outside the .

According to Major Lane Hagin of the Atlanta Police Special Operations, an employee found a package outside the bank, at 711 Lee St., shortly before the bank was to open and called the. The zone then called the Atlanta Police Bomb Response Unit who attracted a steady stream of onlookers behind yellow police tape until noon, when the team finished the operation.

Hagin said the unit took several steps to properly dismantle the package. First, he said, the team used a water jet and then, around 11 a.m., the crew employed an explosive charge that was heard several blocks over, according to residents.

After the charge, the unit sent in a robot to roam the area and, finally, a team member—by all accounts, quite brave; by one onlooker, "a bad boy"—to finish the break down and remove the package.

Hagin said no bomb was found in the package but the unit will investigate the package thoroughly and the investigation is continuing.

When asked if officials had found any link to the, Hagin said that nothing was ruled out, at this point.

"It's still so early in the investigation," Hagin said, "but, obviously, we are looking at everything."

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Yolande M. Minor October 13, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Unbelievable !!! Connection to Occupy Atlanta ??? What is Going On????
Yolande M. Minor October 13, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Hi Janita, I am so glad you were there to capture this moment in history. However, Keep your guard up. We are in a strange time of events. Believe it or not I was with one of the organizers of Occupy Atlanta at the People's Agenda on Wednesday. He was a cool black guy. Well that is what he personified. Now, I see a strange radical by any means necessary. Wow !!! Dr. Yo
Janita Poe October 13, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Thanks, Dr. Minor!!!
Glen McDaniel October 14, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Luckily no one was hurt. Of course any suggestion that this suspicious package had any connection to Occupy Atlanta is pure conjecture. Even if the person (s) responsible is/are sympathetic to Occupy Atlanta, that group is very generic and organic at this point. By that I mean there is no leader, no single agenda and certainly no professed intention to target corporations in this way.
Janita Poe October 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM
I agree, Glen, but the question is "fair game." More than likely, this was just a bag someone forgot. Could belong to a homeless person. On the other hand, this was an intown Bank of America and Occupy Atlanta just protested excessive fees outside Bank of America Tuesday. There are many possible scenerios (whether right or wrong) including: an unstable, angry, laid-off person who has been hit by one too many bank fees; an Occupy Atlanta sympathizer; the list goes on.... We are dealing with a terrible economy right now and emotions are high so nothing has been or should be ruled out right now....


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