UPDATE: Suspicious package didn’t contain explosives, intent still unknown

Police have determined that there were no explosives in the suspicious package found on North Enterprise Street on Tuesday afternoon.

At around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, police had received a call from a city electrical employee who spotted the package in the middle of the street within the 500 block of N. Enterprise St.

The package was a two-liter bottle with the bottom cut off and wiring, batteries and a switch attached to it, said Maj. Tony Hetrick, deputy chief of the Bowling Green Police Division.

“I don’t know what the purpose was, but there were no explosives found in it,” Hetrick said.

Police evacuated the residents on both sides of the street before the Northwest Ohio Bomb Squad arrived to disarm the device.

The squad dispatched a robot to disarm the device with a water cannon, which caused the loud pop heard at 5:18 p.m., Hetrick said.

“It was something strange and out of the ordinary for BG,” he said. “So we aired on the side of caution to make sure the community was safe.”

The last bomb scare the city had was in 2007 when bank robbers called in bomb threats at different schools in town to divert the police from the robbery. The robbers are currently in prison, Hetrick said.

As of now the police are still investigating the package and ask anyone with information on what its purpose was or who placed it to call police or Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.