Denton authorities detonate bag full of phone chargers at 7-11

Denton authorities detonate bag full of phone chargers at 7-11

Alejandro Medellin | Staff Writer

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Denton authorities detonated a suspicious package without injury on Monday morning behind the 7-11 on Teasley Lane and Interstate 35E.

The Fire Department was called at 7:53 a.m. about a suspicious package that turned out to be a backpack full of phone chargers left at a gas pump at the 7-11. The police arrived to seal off the parking lot ahead of the bomb squad.

Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for the fire department, said video surveillance showed an individual leaving a suspicious package at one of the pumps. The individual was seen leaving in a dark 4-door vehicle.

Edna Chowdhury, the manager at the 7-11, said one male and a female left the package at pump four.

“The police took care of it very well because they didn’t let anyone walk in the parking lot, everything was shut down,” Chowdhury said.

A bomb squad robot was used to move the package behind the 7-11 where it was inspected further.

Hedges said the bomb squad “shot an x ray of the package.” At 10:45 a.m. a small charge was used to detonate the backpack.

“It ended up being phone chargers and some clothes,” Hedges said.

Nobody was injured in the detonation, but a piece of debris damage a window at the nearby Braum’s.

Because the backpack had no explosive within, there is no criminal inquiry at this time.

Featured Image: Matt Brown | Staff Photographer

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