A bomb scare Thursday afternoon at a southeast Fresno IRS complex forced the evacuation of around 1,000 employees.
Lt. Joe Gomez said an employee found a 2-foot device that appeared to be a cluster of pipes bound together with bubble wrap in a box supposedly carrying copy machine toner. It had wiring sticking out of it and “suspicious writing.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deployed a bomb detection dog that twice reacted to the strange package as if it had explosive materials. Fresno police were notified of the device around 2:30 p.m.
The Fresno Police Department bomb squad checked the device with an X-ray machine and determined it was not explosive.
Gomez said one of the evacuees was treated for minor heat-related injuries. A city bus with air conditioning was brought in to help prevent more incidents in the near triple-digit weather.
It is not unheard of for the IRS to receive threats like this, Gomez said.