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Bomb threat causes evacuation of businesses

Lauren Halsted, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A bomb threat at Radio Shack, 1081 Al Tahoe Blvd., was called into the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Police quickly had the area taped off and evacuated, at the discretion of the retail shops.

A suspicious package was found inside the store, according to Roger Wheeler, Tahoe Douglas bomb squad.

The bomb squad was called to investigate the scene and arrived just after 8 p.m. A fire engine and a paramedic were also on hand in case their assistance was necessary.

Squad members X-rayed the package, but results “showed nothing. If we thought it was suspicious, we would have destroyed it,” Wheeler said.

“The SLTPD is great to work with. They had the area evacuated and barricaded before we even got here,” he added.

Police officers took a safe approach to the situation.

“We were cautious, especially with today’s climate,” said Sgt. Les Scott, SLTPD, referring to terrorist activity.

This was the TDBS’s third call this week, and its second in South Lake Tahoe, Wheeler said.

The squad is one of four in the state of Nevada. It gets an average of 50 to 60 calls per year.

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