HARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) — Sources confirmed to WBTV a suspicious package that was found in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) headquarters’ mailroom in uptown Charlotte, leading to an evacuation, had several electronic devices inside it.
Police said a bomb-sniffing K9 named Boomer did alert on the package.
“When a bomb dog alerts on it, it isn’t a guarantee, but the dogs are trained to detect explosives and chemical components used to make explosives,” Captain Mike Campagna said.
The evacuation began Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. Sources said the package was sent to the department via FedEx. They said it not have a specific name on it, but simply read “CMPD.”
Sources said the package contained a cell phone, flashlight and bulb. The contents were X-Ray’d on scene.
“Because of the danger associated with a suspicious package, it’s a very slow methodical process,” Campagna said.
Sky3 captured the operation, which took nearly four hours, eventually removing the package by robot and taking it to a secure location for testing. Tuesday night, the department applauded an attentive employee.
“It is a good reminder that our officers and our employees have to remain vigilant on the streets, and even when they’re in their offices, to make sure everyone in our environment stays safe,” Campagna said.
There is no word on how long it will take for CMPD to confirm if explosives were present in the package.
The ATF and FBI were on scene to assist the department if needed.
The incident comes exactly a week after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police during a confrontation.
That shooting sparked several days of protests and riots in the city.