'Suspicious package' prompts street closings in downtown Lexington

jmadden@herald-leader.comFebruary 23, 2014 

Lexington police closed three downtown streets Sunday night because of a "suspicious package" in front of a bank.

Lt. Eddie Hart said police shut down High, Vine and North Limestone streets after receiving a call at 7:45 p.m. about a package atop a brown trash can in front of Community Trust Bank at Vine and Limestone. The package was a 9-inch by 13-inch U.S. Postal Service envelope on which threats had been written that were geared toward government, law enforcement and the courts.

Hart said police used robots from the hazardous-devices unit to X-ray the package for explosives, and police determined that it contained two bottles filled with liquids and a letter. The bottles and letter will be examined for evidence.

"It was an initial threat, not to harm anybody but to scare people," he said.

The streets were reopened about 10 p.m.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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