Sgt. Mark Wian, SLCPD, said authorities responded to a call about a suspicious package just before 8 a.m. on Sept. 25. Wian said the package was found in an alleyway near 20 West 200 South.
Wian also said that SLCPD “clearly scaled up” the investigation, as the Air National Guard, FBI, Bomb Squad, and Salt Lake City Fire were called to the scene.
“We recognize that this is creating a very big impact downtown,” Wian stated. “Community safety is our number one priority right now.”
In regard to the item found, Wian stated that this type of investigation scales up when something is “out of the ordinary, doesn’t seem right.” Salt Lake City Fire Cpt. Chad Jepperson said 20 firefighters, including the department’s HazMat team, responded the scene.
SLCPD said they closed off northbound traffic on West Temple St. from 300 South to 200 South. These closures were reportedly for community safety and to help ensure they had enough room for resources.
A full evacuation of the US Bank Tower, located at 170 South Main St., was also issued. Ultimately, authorities determined that the suspicious item was an organic agricultural product.
“We wanted to make sure that we had all the tools available,” Wian stated. “We’re going to make sure that no stone is left unturned.”
Surviellance footage reportedly showed a person leave the package in a manner police determined to be suspicious. If anyone has information regarding this incident or was in the area in the early morning hours, please contact SLCPD at 801-799-3000.