Bomb Squad Clears the Scene of Suspicious Package in Fernley

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RENO, Nev. -- A suspicious package prompted authorities to shut down Main Street near the 7-Eleven in Fernley for hours Sunday morning.

Lyon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) Sgt. Dan Lynch tells KOLO 8 News Now it started about 7:30am when the 7-Eleven clerk noticed a package by the gas pumps. The first officers to the scene agreed it was suspicious and called for help.

Lynch said Main Street was shut down west of the roundabout, and people in nearby buildings either evacuated or were told to "shelter in place." The a bomb squad from the Naval Air Station in Fallon (Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment) came to investigate.

Just before 11:15am, the bomb squad - with the help of a robot - determined the package did not contain explosives and cleared the scene.

Throughout the morning, residents in Fernley continued to call the KOLO 8 News Now newsroom. They reported multiple law enforcement vehicles were posted along Main Street just west of the round-about for hours. One resident said it appeared law enforcement officers were staging in or near the Black Bear Diner parking lot.

Investigators do not yet know who left the package. They encourage anyone who has any additional information regarding the case to call them at (775) 577-5023 or contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.