UPDATE: Authorities say suspicious package found outside Sam's C - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

BELLMEAD

UPDATE: Authorities say suspicious package found outside Sam's Club wasn't explosive

BELLMEAD, TX (KXXV) - Bellmead police say lab test results show the suspicious package found outside Sam's Club wouldn't have worked as a bomb.

It was a plastic tote containing a PVC pipe with wires coming out of it, as well as an aluminum water bottle and a glass jar with small traces of chemicals.

If caught, the person responsible could face charges for creating a bomb hoax.


Police sources Wednesday night say a suspicious device left in a bin outside the Sam's Club store in Bellmead earlier that day looked like a pipe bomb.

McLennan County law enforcement and area emergency crews spent hours investigating the bin containing the device that could have been a hoax or was intended to be a real explosive, according to authorities.

Bellmead Police Department Detective Kory Martin said chemicals and electronics were found in the bin. He added it wasn't clear if the device would have worked if it was intended to explode. It wasn't clear what kind of chemicals were found in the bin.

A News Channel 25 crew on scene heard two large booms, which was the bomb squad opening the bin to get at a few canisters inside. Emergency crews collected all of the substances inside, and some will be kept as evidence. A lab is testing the contents.

According to a Sam's Club spokeswoman, the store was not evacuated, but the employees and customers were moved to the opposite end of the building, following the guidance of authorities.

Highway 84 has been reopened and customers were let back into Sam's Club at 5:30 p.m. Who left the bin there and why are being investigated. 



The McLennan County bomb squad is currently inspecting a suspicious package reported to police Wednesday afternoon.

Bellmead police received a call of a suspicious package found between Sam's Club and Hwy 84.

The package was a blue tote left on the side of the building. That section of the building is clear, but Sam's Club has not been evacuated. Nearby roads have been closed as authorities inspect the item.

The McLennan County bomb squad is currently there.

We have a crew at the scene and will continue to update this story as this story develops.
  • NewsMore>>

  • US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:21:04 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:32 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:32:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

    More >>

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Burglar breaks in, slithers across floor of TX store

    VIDEO: Burglar breaks in, slithers across floor of TX store

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:19 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:19:28 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:26 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:26:26 GMT
    The owners of a Houston smoke shop are looking for a burglar with a snaky MO. (Source: KTRK/Billy Cosgrove via CNN)The owners of a Houston smoke shop are looking for a burglar with a snaky MO. (Source: KTRK/Billy Cosgrove via CNN)

    A burglar literally slithered into a smoke shop in Houston.

    More >>

    A burglar literally slithered into a smoke shop in Houston.

    More >>
  • Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:31 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:31:36 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly