Weatherford Democrat

September 1, 2013

WP bomb scare is nothing

Neighborhood disrupted as bomb squad, hazmat team investigate reported suspicious, but harmless, package


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

WILLOW PARK – A reported suspicious package Friday afternoon at a home in Willow Park was found to be safe after a Parker County hazardous materials team and a bomb squad from Fort Worth responded. 

Residents on portions of Overland Trail, Wagon Wheel Road and Singletree Lane in Stagecoach Estates were affected as authorities closed the roads to traffic, rerouted school buses and kept many from returning home during the afternoon hours until emergency personnel determined there was no threat to the neighborhood.

A call came in around 1 p.m. from a resident on Overland Trail in Stagecoach Estates, who reported receiving a package in the mail that she wasn’t expecting and hadn’t ordered, Willow Park Fire Chief Brent Sauble said.

The package was wrapped in bubble wrap that had been glued to the box, Sauble said.

Firefighters followed protocol and called the Parker County hazmat team, which first conducted a hazmat check of the package.

When the hazardous materials team couldn’t identify anything, Fort Worth’s bomb squad also checked the package.

Sauble said the item inside was found to be a “consumer product.”

Authorities began allowing area residents back to their residences around 5 p.m.

The suspicious package call was a first for the fire department.

“It was a great training exercise,” Sauble said. “The guys did a good job on following protocol.”

In addition to Willow Park Fire-Rescue, the hazmat team and the bomb squad, responding agencies also included Hudson Oaks Fire Department, Willow Park Police Department, Aledo ISD Police, the Texas Highway Patrol and LifeCare EMS.