Possible bomb shuts down Royse City Thursday night

ROYSE CITY – What appeared to be a live bomb left on a Royse City street Thursday evening caused Royse City Police to close Highway 66 and cordon off several blocks of the city for three hours.

According to Royse City Police Chief Carl Alsabrook, while some of the components of the device found in the 200 block of W. Main near Houston St. were legitimate – dynamite tubes and blast caps – the device appears now to have been “an elaborate hoax.”

He explained the details which are known as of this morning.

“Two gentlemen were remodeling a business in the 200 block of West Main. As they got out of the truck they noticed what looked like an explosive device,” said Chief Alsabrook. “They notified us.”

Once we saw it, we cordoned off a perimeter and called the Garland Bomb Squad. The device looked legitimate enough to not risk anyone’s safety.”

“Garland PD arrived and looked at the device and felt that it was legitimate. They used a robot to remove the device, dismantle and inspect it. While some of the components were legitimate (dynamite tubes and blast caps) the device appears now to have been an elaborate hoax.”

“Fortunately after three hours or so, the situation was safely resolved and traffic returned to normal.”

Chief Alsabrook said the components will be sent off to the lab for testing and fingerprint processing and police “will work with the ATF to attempt to figure out the who, what, when and why.”

During this event, he added there were approximately 40 residents and merchants who were evacuated for safety purposes. Anyone outside of the area of danger was sheltered in place.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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