What turned out to be windblown trash sparked a scare in Shallowater Friday morning.
Shallowater police joined by the Lubbock County Bomb Squad, ATF officers, and postal inspectors were called out to First State Bank off Highway 84 to investigate a suspicious package outside.
As a precaution, employees of the bank and the post office next door were evacuated and Shallowater schools about a mile away were locked down.
At about 10:30 a.m. the all-clear was issued.
David Turner, with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, said, "A long piece of red weed-eater line had somehow managed to attach to the bottom of the bag and there was another little cardboard box that just all probably from the wind overnight attached to each other and then hung up in the equipment there under the drive thru window."
Turner said all the precautions paid off as a good training scenario.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Terror Alert Silliness. Cardboard boxes and weedeater line shuts down Texas town. I thought Texans had more sense.
Windblown trash sparks scare in Shallowater.