Baltimore: Bomb Squad Investigating Suspicious Vehicle. Four Blocks Blocked Off Near Inner Harbor
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Baltimore Police and ATF are currently investigating a suspicious vehicle that’s leaking gas in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor and the city’s public safety has evacuated the area, according to official Baltimore Twitter accounts.
It is an ongoing investigation, however, Baltimore police and fire officials said the van they are investigating is in a LAZ parking garage in the 100 block of E. Pratt Street near the Promenade, reports state.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the police discovered a van loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline Monday morning. They evacuated several office buildings from the Inner Harbor.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting Baltimore police on the scene, according to the paper.
A police spokesperson told the paper that they received a call at 11:02 a.m. about a suspicious van and began evacuating 100 E. Pratt St., which houses T. Rowe Price and and global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Police officials did not immediately respond to SaraACarter.com when contacted at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Local and federal law-enforcement were also notified and remain on the scene. All buildings in the surrounding area have been evacuated. As more information becomes available we will provide additional updates.
— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) September 9, 2019
A four-block radius around 100 East Pratt Street was evacuated, according to Mayor Jack Young and other police and fire officials.
Fire officials stated that the “received the threat of a suspicious vehicle parked at a building along” Pratt St.
“Upon arrival Public Safety officials immediately issued an evacuation order and begin investigating the suspicious vehicle,” the Baltimore Fire Department’s Twitter account said.
Eyewitnesses told a local news station that several office and commercial buildings in the area were evacuated — including the T. Rowe Price building, The Gallery and several hotels and restaurants in the area. According to reports, traffic is also at a standstill downtown where the roads are blocked and they are asking people in the area to avoid specific main roads. Officials are asking people not to travel on Pratt, Calvert, Lombard & Light streets.
— Baltimore City OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) September 9, 2019