UPDATED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 --- 4:53p.m.
Release from UW-Madison Police:
Madison, Wisconsin – At 11:46AM on 01-10-2012, a UW Madison Police Department Security Officer located what he believed to be a suspicious item between 1223 Capitol Ct and the Islamic Center. Additional resources we called in to check the item, including the UWPD explosive detection K-9's Rex and Odin. Neither K-9 gave a positive alert on the item, but both handlers agreed that additional follow-up should be conducted. Both 1223 Capitol Ct and the Islamic Center were evacuated as a precaution.
Members of the Dane County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) Bomb Squad and Madison Fire Department (MFR) Hazmat team were called in to assist. Shortly after 3:00PM, the DCSO Bomb Squad utilized their equiptment and expertise to disrupt the item.
At 3:35PM, the area was determined to be safe. Building occupants were allowed back into the surrounding buildings and roads were open for traffic.
Investigators will be conducting follow-up in this case.
UPDATED Tuesday, January 10, 2012 --- 3:46 p.m.
Orchard Street and other surrounding areas are now open.
UPDATED Tuesday, January 10, 2012 --- 3:22 p.m.
NBC15's Chris Woodard reports that the all clear has been given on the UW Campus. Officials had been investigating a suspicious package.
Roads in the area will stay closed for a little while as cleanup continues.
UPDATED Tuesday, January 10, 2012 --- 2:10 p.m.
NBC15's Chris Woodard is at the scene of a suspicious package investigation on the UW campus.
An Islamic Center and Primate Research Lab in the area have been evacuated.
UWPD says a security guard noticed something suspicious. A bomb sniffing dog did not detect anything in the package. But the buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
Click on the photo tab above to see a picture from the scene.
Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 --- 1:25 p.m.
UW-Police are investigating a report of a suspicious package.
According to the department, the package was found near one of the primate research labs.
Currently, Madison Fire, Hazmat and the Dane Co. Bomb Squad are on the scene investigating.
The area around Orchard Street and Capitol Court is closed to the public until further notice.