Toolbox Forces Vivint Smart Home Arena Evacuations
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Vivint Smart Home Arena was evacuated Friday night after officials with the Salt Lake City Police Department said there was a security issue with a suspicious package.
Police later confirmed the package in question was a toolbox and there was no threat to the public.
The evacuations took place after a Utah Jazz game against the Golden State Warriors Friday night.
Media and players were told they needed to leave the arena just after 9:45 p.m.
All media and players were told that we needed to evacuate Vivint smart home arena. There’s no known reason as of yet. #TakeNote
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) November 23, 2019
NO JOKE PLEASE STAY SAFE UTAH!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 23, 2019
Lieutenant Carlos Valencia with the Salt Lake City Police Department said security reported a suspicious shoebox package under a table in a dining area on the main floor of the arena.
A bomb-sniffing K-9 officer got a hit on the toolbox and Valencia said the bomb squad was called in to render the box safe.
Police issued an all-clear at 11:32 p.m., according to Zang.
The @UtahJazz released a statement on tonight’s suspicious package.
Seems like good work from the Jazz and first responders, obviously great it wasn’t anything serious. pic.twitter.com/da6bJpv3C7
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) November 23, 2019
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