Active Bomb Sat In Federal Building for Three Weeks
Detroit Police bomb squad arrive at McNamara Federal Building inDetroit to investigate a suspicious package. [AP]
The Daily Mail via YellowBrix
March 24, 2011
DETROIT – A package found by a security guard at a U.S. federal office building sat for three weeks before being screened – when it was found to be a bomb.
A private contract guard found the suspicious package outside the Detroit skyscraper in late February, but put it straight into ‘lost and found’ without having it screened, according to union officials.
When another member of staff decided to screen the package three weeks later, it was found to contain bomb parts and was detonated outside the building.
The building in downtown Detroit, Michigan, houses offices for the FBI, U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Social Security Administration and others.
The private contract guard who first found the package has since been suspended.
President of the Federal Protective Service guards union, David Wright, said the incident had been a ‘total embarrassment’.
He said the package sat in the building until March 18 before an X-ray revealed it was a bomb.
Mr Wright told ABC News: ’A contract guard apparently saw this package outside on February 26.
‘Against all security protocols — an unattended package should be treated with extreme caution — he picked up that package and took it inside basically on the premise of ’lost and found’ property, and apparently stored it.
’That was on Feb 26. On March 18, last Friday, someone got the idea to X-ray the package.
‘At that point wires were seen… and it turned out to be a bomb.’
Guards then notified the Federal Protective Service and Detroit police and the package was moved outside the building to be recovered by a bomb squad.
Mr Wright said it was unclear whether the guard who found the package initially was the one who decided to have it screened for explosives.
The package should not have been moved in either case except by explosives experts, he said.
Detroit police said they recovered a package on Friday from the federal building and detonated it.
FBI Special Agent Berchtold said they were investigating the incident.