Area cleared after ‘possible explosive item’ was found to be non-hazardous

El Paso News
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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – UPDATE: El Paso Police say their bomb squad determined the suspicious item found at the Family Thrift Store was non-hazardous.

The area opened around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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A Lower Valley shopping Center and nearby elementary school were evacuated after a “possible explosive item,” was found, the El Paso Police Department said.

The item was found at the Family Thrift Store at 7108 Alameda Friday afternoon, police said in an alert.

“Bomb squad has been requested to render the item safe,” police said.

Ascarate Elementary School evacuated the campus as a precaution, police said.

This is a developing story. KTSM will update this story as more information becomes available.

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