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UPDATE: Package with "bomb" written on it wasn't a bomb

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A package with the word "bomb" written on it forced the evacuation of the Nordstrom Distribution Center in Dubuque Monday morning, but it was no bomb at all.

Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines said an explosives detection K9, along with an officer equipped with a thermal imaging camera, found no traces of anything suspicious in the box, which was found on a trailer that had come in overnight from Tennessee. 

At least three firefighters watched the feed of that thermal imaging camera outside the Haz Mat truck. "We have thermal imaging that transmits the view back out to the command post, because of the thickness of the building and how far in the building they were, we were having a little trouble picking that up on the -- with the frequency," Steines said.

Once they found nothing suspicious, Steines said the facility decided to open up the package. It contained clothing.

Employees were let back into the building around 10:00 a.m. after at least two hours outside the building.

Steines said Nordstrom had no comment on the incident.


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KWWL is waiting to hear from police for an update on their investigation into a suspicious package found at the Nordstrom Distribution Center in Dubuque.


This morning, police evacuated the Nordstrom Distribution Center in Dubuque.

KWWL's Brad Hanson is on scene.

He says police are investigating a package that was found.

A K9 unit which specializes in detecting explosives is there.

Stay with KWWL for updates.

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