A suspicious toolbox left in the road near 14th Street and Capitol Avenue on Friday turned out to be a ... toolbox, and nothing more.
Randy Trail, director of security for The World-Herald, said Tuesday that the Omaha Police Department informed him that they found the owner of the toolbox. It had been lost and that there was nothing malicious about it, police told Trail.
A caller to 911 alerted police to the toolbox about 2:40 p.m.
Police were investigating a report that a vehicle pulled up and that someone inside placed the box on the street and drove off. Witnesses told police two people were inside the vehicle.
The toolbox, according to a police X-ray, contained chemicals and electronics. It was found on Capitol Avenue between The World-Herald's Freedom Center and the Gavilon building now under construction.
The box was just east of the intersection and closer to the Gavilon building, Sgt. Matt Manhart said, and was detonated by the Omaha police bomb squad about 5 p.m.
Manhart said officers initially thought the toolbox fell out of the back of a work truck. However, it appeared neatly placed and didn't have a scratch on it.
Officers removed some of the chemicals for analysis before blowing up the toolbox, said Sgt. Matt Manhart, head of the bomb squad.
Police diverted traffic from the area, blocking the Interstate 480 exit ramp to 14th Street as a precaution.