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Bomb Squad investigates suspicious package outside Salt Palace Convention Center

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The Salt Lake City Police Bomb Squad responded to a suspicious package outside of a downtown building where former President Barack Obama appeared Wednesday morning. 

President Obama, Virgin Atlantic CEO Sir Richard Branson, and actor Ashton Kutcher were all speaking at the X4 Experience Management Summit inside the Salt Palace Convention Center but it’s what was happening on the other side of the building that had Salt Lake City police officers so concerned.

It started at 9:17 a.m. with a call about a suspicious cardboard box abandoned on the sidewalk between the Salt Palace and Vivint Smart Home Arena on 300 West. Police closed the street and the bomb squad arrived.

“It’s just a matter of, you know, taking precautions with the citizens,” SLCPD Detective Jess Perea said. “Shutting the streets down…not allowing traffic through there. Making sure buildings are clear.” 

At 10:37 they opened the box and then gave the all clear. So what was it?

“It was about a ’60s to 70s era phonograph,” Det. Perea said. “Just a record player.”

Det. Perea was asked if the subject, in this case, had any record.

“Not that I’m aware of,” Det. Perea said. “Might have been scratched.”

Inside, X4 attendees had no idea anything was wrong.

“I was not aware, no,” one attendee said.  

“I just learned about it. Everybody in there’s having a great time,” another said. “I’ve been looking for a record player so if you could pass that along to me that would be great.”

Hopefully, things will be calmer Thursday morning when Oprah Winfrey and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds are expected to speak at the Summit, which is not open to the public. 

Meanwhile, if you’re missing and old-school-style turntable, call the Salt Lake City Police Department.

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