BILLINGS – Billings police destroyed a suspicious plastic tote left outside of KTVQ’s (Q2) news station Monday evening.
About 4:45 p.m., a man was seen leaving the box on the stoop at the side entrance. He was then observed headed north past the YMCA building.
Police had blocked 32nd Street North between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North in front of KTVQ’s building.
Just after 8:30 p.m., a Billings Police Department robot was used to remove the tote from the area.
Employees were not evacuated, but told to move downstairs or into a separate wing of the building.
The robot was also used to blow up an item that was inside the box that had flown into the parking lot.
An officer on the scene said the item had wires in it, but police did not say if it was a bomb or explosive device. The item was destroyed without causing damage to anything else.
At 9:45 p.m., the street was no longer blocked, however the bomb squad vehicle remained on scene.
-Reported by Erik Olson/MTN News