KCPD disables suspicious package at courthouse with 'controlled detonation'

Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 22:54:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police and federal law enforcement officers were investigating Wednesday after a suspicious package was found near a federal courthouse.

Officers responded shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday to the U.S. District Courthouse at 400 E. 9th St., where the package was located.

Police later said that a "controlled detonation" disabled the package just before 7 p.m.

People were asked to avoid the area and KCPD said the area between 9th and 10th streets and from Oak to Locust streets had been closed as investigators assess the threat. By 9:30 p.m., all streets except 9th Street from Oak to Locust streets had reopened.

There is no additional information at this time.

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