JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious item in front of the Zone 4 police substation at 3726 Blanding Boulevard on Friday night.
An officer spotted the item, which JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda described as "not a large item," at 6:25 p.m. in front of the substation.
JSO said all businesses in the 3700 block of Blanding Boulevard were evacuated as a precaution.
All stores located in the shopping center in the 3700 block of Blanding Boulevard have been evacuated. PIO Bujeda is on scene. Media will be addressed at 8:10 p.m. #JAX #Jacksonville #JSO https://t.co/peATjgJLTK— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) February 10, 2018
Investigators later determined that the item was not explosive. It is not yet known what exactly the item is, so JSO said it would be transported to another location to be assessed.
UPDATE: JSO is telling us the item is NOT explosive. However, officers are still working to determine what it is and if it is safe. They will be transporting it away from here, likely in the next 30 minutes. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/TTzTAcgj6F— Kevin Clark (@KevinANjax) February 10, 2018
#JSO Bomb Squad assessed the item and determined it not to be anything explosive. Due to the unknown nature of the item, the item is being safely transported to a separate location to be assessed. Businesses will be able to open back up shortly. Thank you for your patience. https://t.co/peATjgJLTK— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) February 10, 2018
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