Suspicious package investigation snarls Union Station traffic

Posted at 1:10 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 20:31:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several streets near Union Station were shut down Monday after a suspicious package was reported by the streetcar stop.

Kansas City police said they received a call around 11:45 a.m. about a black plastic box abandoned by a bench at the stop. 

Officials blocked off streets were the next hour-and-a-half as they worked to determine what was inside.

Luckily for the crowds at Union Station, an X-ray revealed no explosives or dangerous materials in the package. 

But KCPD Sgt. Kari Thompson said recent national events, as well as the location of this scare, warranted extreme caution.

"We are heightened, our awareness is there. These men trained for situations like this," Sgt. Thompson said of the team investigating.

Original story updates below:

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. | Police reviewed the package and deemed it non-hazardous. Streets around Union Station have been re-opened.

EARLIER | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A suspicious package investigation midday Monday has several streets blocked off around Union Station.

41 Action News reporter Cat Reid reports southbound traffic on Main street is blocked at E. 27th Street. 

The Kansas City Streetcar is also delayed due to the tracks near Union Station.