Fountain Place Cleared After Suspicious Package Found

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 3:42 PM CDT
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Suspicious Package Found at Fountain Place

Kay Armstrong

The scene as Dallas Police and Fire-Rescue investigate a suspicious package at Fountain Place in downtown Dallas.

A suspicious package investigation at Fountain Place in downtown Dallas is over, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Officials cleared the scene just after 2:30 p.m., and details of the package are not being disclosed.

The device was first reported at about 12:30 p.m., when a person recieved a package they weren't expecting. The package was removed to be scanned and it was revealed to be suspicious enough that the police were called, officials said.

The lobby and sub-level of the building were evacuated as a precaution and a HAZMAT team arrived to test the package.  All tests were negative, but the package was still rendered safe by the Explosive Ordinance Team.

Fountain Place is located at 1445 Ross Avenue.  The building was the target of a would-be bomber caught in a plot with federal agents last year.  Hosam Smadi, 20 at the time, plotted to blow up the building using a device supplied by undercover FBI agents.  That device was a fake and Smadi is spending 24 years in a federal prison.

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