Bomb alert turns out to be empty threat

April 25, 2013 

SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office checked out a suspicious package found near a fire hydrant in the area of Clark and Beneva roads in Sarasota at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The Hazardous Devices Unit found the package to be empty. Traffic was blocked on Beneva between Queen and Clark, and residents were notified to stay in their homes until the investigation was complete. “Obviously the motorist who called this in was being vigilant, and we would rather respond and find nothing than for a suspicious package to go undetected and end up being something more sinister,” said Wendy Rose, SCSO community affairs manager, in a press release after the hour-long investigation concluded. “We are clearing the scene and the roads are open again. In the words of the patrol sergeant, ‘An empty box is a happy box.’”

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