A package with a ticking sound delivered to the ConAgra plant last Wednesday morning was found to be safe by bomb experts.
The St. Elmo Police Department was called to the plan at 9:15 a.m. for a report of a suspicious package on a desk within the offices.
Because of the ticking sound, the shape of the box and the lack of markings, the SEPD contacted the Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad for assistance.
The SOS squad arrived at the Conagra plant within 15 minutes, with the plant evacuated to ensure the safety of all employees, according to St. Elmo Police Chief Brock Rich.
Multiple agencies assisting the SEPD secured the premises of the plant while the SOS bomb squad used a robot to examine the package.
Employees returned to the plant after it was determined that the package was safe.
Assisting the SEPD on the scene were the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Brownstown Police Department, Illinois State Police, RuralMed Ambulance and St. Elmo Fire Department.
Rich thanked those agencies that “came together today to ensure the incident was handled in the safest way possible.
“We will always take the full necessary steps to ensure public safety,” Rich said.
“We are fortunate to have units such as the bomb squad (available) to provide expertise and guidance in specialized situations such as this,” he said.