Cincinnati Zoo cleared after report of suspicious device

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was evacuated on Thursday following a report of a suspicious package inside, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Following the report which came in at around 3:30 p.m. via phone, the zoo was completely evacuated by 4:33 p.m., according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

Lt. Steve Saunders with the CPD said that bomb-sniffing dogs were used to sweep the area and no threat was found.

"That ended the event. The zoo is closed at 5 p.m., so it was toward the end of their day," Saunders said.

CPD officers from District 4 and zoo officials blocked entrances to the zoo while the search was conducted. Zoo officials said the evacuation began around 3:30 p.m. after the report of a suspicious package.

"The Zoo takes all threats seriously. We will continue to work with Cincinnati Police to ensure the Zoo remains a safe environment," Chad Yelton, a spokesman for the zoo said in a statement..

The Enquirer will update this story when more information becomes available.


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