Authorities investigate suspicious device near PSU campus

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Police blocked off streets near the Pittsburg State University campus Wednesday as authorities investigated a suspicious device.

Note: This article has been updated.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A “suspicious device” that was under investigation Wednesday afternoon near the Pittsburg State University campus was successfully dismantled and removed from the area safely, but "did contain a small amount of incendiary components," according to the Pittsburg Police Department.

No suspects have been developed in the case, the department said in a press release Thursday afternoon. Pieces of the device were retained and will be transferred to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Forensic Laboratories for further examination of trace evidence.

At approximately 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, the PPD was notified by the PSU Police Department that a suspicious device had been found at a location in the 1500 block of Joplin St., adjacent to the university campus. 

Once officers had arrived at the scene and located the device, the Kansas State Highway Patrol’s Hazardous Device Unit was contacted and was responding to assist with the investigation when the PPD issued its press release Wednesday. 

Authorities reportedly left the area with the device at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. 

PSU said Thursday morning on Twitter that it “wanted to follow up and say we're all clear on this situation.”

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, the PPD said in its Thursday release. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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Updated 12:33 p.m. CT March 4, 2021

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A “suspicious device” that was under investigation Wednesday afternoon near the Pittsburg State University campus was apparently removed from the area safely. 

The Pittsburg Police Department could not be reached for comment Thursday morning but PSU said on Twitter that it “wanted to follow up and say we're all clear on this situation.” 

At approximately 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, the PPD was notified by the PSU Police Department that a suspicious device had been found at a location in the 1500 block of Joplin St., adjacent to the university campus. 

Once officers had arrived at the scene and located the device, the Kansas State Highway Patrol’s Hazardous Device Unit was contacted and was responding to assist with the investigation when the PPD issued its press release Wednesday. 

Authorities reportedly left the area with the device at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. 

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Authorities were investigating a suspicious device Wednesday afternoon near the Pittsburg State University campus, the Pittsburg Police Department said in a press release.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., the department was notified by the PSU Police Department that a suspicious device had been found at a location in the 1500 block of Joplin St., adjacent to the university campus.

Once officers had arrived at the scene and located the device, the Kansas State Highway Patrol’s Hazardous Device Unit was contacted and was responding to assist with the investigation when the PPD issued its press release Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at the automated tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

This article will be updated with additional information if it becomes available.